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Zizia aurea - Golden Alexander (photo credit: Missouri Botanical Garden)

Perennials

Zizia aurea

Golden Alexander

Zizia aurea, commonly called Golden Alexander, is a Missouri native perennial which occurs most often in small colonies in moist woods and meadows, thickets, glades and prairies. Features flat-topped clusters of tiny yellow flowers in late spring atop stems growing to 3' tall. Scads of beneficial pollinators flock to the blooms. Many species of bees, pollinating flies, butterflies, and beetles seek nectar and pollen from the flowers.  Black swallowtail butterfly and Ozark swallowtail butterfly caterpillars feed on the foliage.

Additional:

Food plant for the larvae of the Missouri woodland swallowtail butterfly (Papilio joanae).

Golden Alexander Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.

Height:

18-36 in

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Spread:

18-24 in

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Zizia aurea

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Summer
Attributes
Native
Rain Garden
Bog
Naturalizing
Clay Soil
Border or Bed
Rock Garden
Cut Flower
Mass Planting
Great Companion Plants for Zizia aurea
Prairie Dropseed Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis )
Bee Balm Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa )
Blue Grama Grass Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition')
Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa )
Little Bluestem Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium )