Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1-3 feet
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Season: May – June
Suggested Uses: Heart-leaved Golden Alexander is an excellent choice for upland shoreline restoration. It is very similar to Z. aurea, but has bold heart-shaped basal leaves.
Native Range: Native to Appalachia, the Upper Midwest and the Northwest. Native throughout the state of Minnesota.
Pollinators: Specialist bees and beneficial insects. It is a host plant for the Black Swallowtail butterfly.
Flowers: The flowers appear in flat clusters about 2″ wide.
Leaves: The basal leaves are simple and heart-shaped, while the upper leaves are divided with 3-7 pointed, toothed leaflets, about 1-2″ long.
Name: The genus Zizia is named after German botanist Johann Baptist Ziz. “Alexander” refers to a similar European plant.
Other Names: Meadow Zizia
More information: USDA plant profile