Packera aurea, Golden Ragwort

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Earlier classified as Senecio aureus, this native wildflower grows in moist
fields and woods throughout much of the eastern half of North America
and as far west as Texas. Golden flowers bloom for about three weeks and
after they have faded, shiny basal foliage serves as a pretty ground cover.

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Packera aurea, Golden Ragwort

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Tags: Clump-forming, evergreen herbaceous perennial, Medium-to-dark-green, heart-shaped, and toothed, basal leaves with a purple tinge underneath; stem
leaves are sparse and pinnately lobed, Daisy-like flowers bloom in flat-topped clusters
on top of tall stems in April followed by achenes, (tiny one-seeded fruits) with fluffy white hairs, Spreads, very aggressively in optimal conditions, by self-seeding and root colonizing, Tolerates wet soil and seasonal flooding; no
serious pests or diseases; deer rarely damage, Blooms well even in shade, Basal foliage may perform as evergreen ground, cover with adequate moisture & in mild winters, Ethnobotanic uses; may be harmful if ingested, Attracts bees, butterflies; larval host of The Gem moth, Growing and Maintenance Tips Excellent Replacement for Soil Requirements: Average Alliaria petiolata – Garlic Mustard, Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade, Shade Euonymus fortunei – Wintercreeper, Water Requirements: Moist, Wet Ficaria verna – Fig Buttercup, Remove flowering stems after bloom (and before seeds scatter to control spread if desired)Hedera helix – , English Ivy, Ornithogalum species – Star of Bethlehem
Use in woodland gardens and to control erosion Ranunculus ficaria – Lesser Celandine