Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: neutral, average, clay, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: May, June
Bloom Color: yellow
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, cottage garden plant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage
Pricing & Availability
Zizia aureaAlso known as:
An upright perennial with attractive green, divided and serrated leathery leaves, Zizia aurea has long been popular for its showy yellow flowers. These form 3" to 4" terminal umbels that cluster together to create and impressive display that will last for several weeks. The seeds and foliage turn purplish in fall, adding late season interest to the garden.
Low maintenance and easy to grow, golden Alexanders are an excellent choice for a cottage garden, perennial border, or a transitional flower bed. It prefers full sun, but will tolerate some shade under an open canopy. Moist, well-drained soil is best, however it is well adapted to wet conditions and dry conditions (so long as it receives enough moisture early in the growing season). Bloom times are between late spring and early summer, a transitional period during which few other perennials are in flower. Zones 3-9
Propagate by division or root cuttings in early spring. Seeds should be sown in fall, or spring following a period of stratification.
Zizia aurea is a member of the Carrot family and both seeds and leaves contain aromatic oils.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Special Concern: RI
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