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Packera aurea

Golden Ragwort

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This easy-to-grow flowering groundcover offers early spring blooms of yellow daisy-like flowers and year-round lush green foliage.

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This versatile and easy-to-grow flowering groundcover offers early spring blooms and year-round lush green foliage. Small, yellow daisy-like flowers create a burst of color in March and April. Flowers are attractive to early emerging bees and butterflies. Large plantings create a stunning carpet of yellow in early spring! Once the flowers die back, the basal foliage continues to provide a backdrop of green. The plants form compact colonies in moist, shady or semi-shady locations. Use as a living mulch beneath your summer blooming flowers, shrubs and trees. Semi-evergreen foliage provides winter interest. Great choice for rain gardens, woodland gardens, along freshwater stream beds and lining shady borders. Golden Ragwort is native to New Jersey, with a range that extends throughout the northeast.

Wildlife Value: Provides cover for beneficial insects including fireflies; offers nectar to native bees.

Plant Details:

Other Scientific Names: Senecio aureus

Other Common Names: Golden Groundsel

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial, Groundcover

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Spring

Bloom Colors: Yellow

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Sandy, Clay

Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet

Soil pH: Acidic, Slightly Acidic

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Partial Shade

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Size and Growth Rate

Height: .50 - 2.50 ft

Spread: .50 - 1.50 ft

Growth Rate: Fast