Golden Alexanders (Ziziz Aurea)

Smiling Sun Gardens

Regular price $6.00

The thick, glossy semi-evergreen foliage looks a little like Lenten Rose and provides nice contrast to other native plants. Small yellow flowers in flat heads bloom May-June. The flowers are nice for fresh or dried arrangements. This member of the carrot family is attractive for its foliage and yellow flowers lasting six weeks, which are followed by ornate seed clusters. A shorter relative of the taller golden alexanders (Zizia aurea).Digger bees are solitary and dig nests in spring to raise young. Used by many small bees and flies. This is the host plant for black swallowtail.

Native Environment: Prairie
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 7
USDA Symbol: ziau
Height: 12 to 18 inches
Spread: 12 to 16 inches
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Color: Medium Yellow
Season of Interest: May - frost
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, sandy or sandy-clay soils
Nature Attracting: Butterfly/Beneficial Insects
Use: Use in perennial gardens, native gardens, butterfly gardens and woodlands.
Special Usage: Fresh Cut Flower/Dried Flower/Rain Garden/Naturalize


Host: Black Swallowtail