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Zizia aurea

Golden Alexander
Zizia aurea
Zizia aurea

An attractive native perennial, featuring compound umbels of tiny yellow flowers in spring, that are quite showy above the bright green foliage; self seeds, and will naturalize easily; great for open woodlands, prairie areas, or native plant gardens

Ornamental Features

Golden Alexander features showy yellow flat-top flowers held atop the stems in late spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated oval compound leaves remain light green in color throughout the season. The purple fruits are held in clusters from mid to late summer. The brick red stems can be quite attractive.

Planting & Growing

Golden Alexander will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 3 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

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Fall Color

Deer Resistance:

full sun to partial shade







24 inches



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