Zizia aurea

Golden Alexanders

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Zizia aurea, golden Alexanders, is a fairly common native wildflower and a great plant for a naturalized landscape. It is one of the earlier blooming natives, producing attractive yellow umbels - flat-topped flowers -atop persistent shiny green divided leaves. It needs a farly good, moist soil to thrive, but will survive moderate droughts. It is found in east and central North America in woods. The technical feature that distinguished it from other native plants in the carrot family is the absence of a flower stalk beneath the central cluster of florets. It is also alphabetically the last native species found in Illinois.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
March - April, May - June
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Butterflies, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
3 - 8