Packera aurea

Golden groundsel

CODE: 014-0001
ZONE: 4a
PRICE: $7.00
POT SIZE: 4.5"sq x 5.0", 1004 ml

There aren't many plants that can light up a shady nook like golden groundsel does in the spring.

Rising out of a small rosette of scalloped, purplish-green leaves, the small, daisy-like flowers form on stalks up to two feet high to form open, airy clouds of golden-yellow.

Once they're done blooming, I always cut the stalks back so that the basal foliage only reaches 8" or so -- this makes it a perfect plant for the front of a border.

It will grow almost anywhere as long as you provide it with adequate moisture. I've seen it in the deepest shade (I interplant mine with Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica under a clump of hemlocks) and in full sun, and it's equally stunning in both locations.

It does spread rather quickly, so make sure that you give it lots of room.

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(c) 2007 Christopher P. Lindsey