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Zizia aurea

golden Alexanders

Z. aurea grows large, spreads fast, and prefers a moist site. Yellow flowers top rich green leaves in the late spring. Shallow nectaries attract small beneficial bees, wasps and flies, and hosts swallowtail caterpillars. Mass in an open woodland or native plant garden.

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Height: 12-24 in
Spread: 10-14 in
Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Bloom Color: Yellow

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Spring Bloom
Winter Interest and/or Evergreen
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Attracts Bees
Attracts Butterflies
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance

North American Distribution

golden Alexanders - Zizia aurea from Native Plant Trust
golden Alexanders - Zizia aurea from Native Plant Trust