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Golden Alexander

Zizia aurea

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This lovely native of the eastern U.S. offers delicate, lemon-yellow broccoli-like flowers in late spring to early summer. Flowers last for weeks. Plants grow to about 2 feet tall and half as wide.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThese members of the carrot family, unlike the rest of the group, are missing a central flower cluster. Instead, each plant has many clusters. They prefer moist soil, and are excellent choices for native wetlands, woodland or wild gardens. They provide food for black swallowtail butterfly larvae.

CareProvide average or moist soil in full sun to partial shade. They can tolerate wet soil.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame when fresh.


  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Uses : Shade
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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