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     There's a lot to love about Zizia aurea -- and this tops my list:  it's a full-sun perennial that blooms in May.  These are hard to find!  This plant goes in all my sunny gardens.  It's also clump forming and not too tall.


     A pollinator favorite, butterflies, moths, native bees, beetles and other flying things flock to Golden Alexanders for nectar.  It's an excellent plant for a pollinator or butterfly garden, adding color while awaiting the late summer burst of the asters.


     Fun Fact: Golden Alexander was selected as the North Carolina Botanical Garden's Wildflower of the Year for 2012.


Golden Alexander

1 Gallon
    • Latin: Zizia aurea
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Wetland status: FAC
    • Height: 1-3 feet
    • Spacing: 1-2 feet
    • Light: Full sun to part shade
    • Soil: Medium
    • Bloom: Yellow, May-June
    • Landscape: Woodlands, meadows, native plant gardens, groundcover
    • Pair with: Foxglove Beardtongue
    • Resistance: Deer
    • Native range here
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