Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea)

Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea)

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Zizia aurea, 1/2-pint plug

Exposure: Full-Partial Sun
Moisture: Medium Wet- Medium Dry
Height: 3 feet
Bloom: May-June

Description: It is fairly easy to grow and, although short-lived, will self-seed and persist in many sun/soil situations. Due to its re-seeding nature, this species will abundantly spread throughout a small new garden. It is an important plant to a number of short-tongued insects that are able to easily reach the nectar in the small yellow flowers. Black Swallowtail caterpillars will feed on its leaves. Golden Alexanders have a long bloom time, giving the garden/prairie some well-deserved early color for several weeks in late spring to early summer when many other plants have not yet flowered. They will tolerate a lot of shade but prefer full sun or light shade.