Soil: Hydric (Wet) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1-3 feet
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Season: May – June
Suggested Uses: Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea) is a close relative of Heart-leaved Golden Alexander (Zizia aptera). Z. aptera thrives in dry conditions but Z. aurea prefers moist habitats including wet prairies and areas adjacent to wetlands. This is an excellent plant for including in shoreline restorations and rain garden projects! This is a great plant for attracting beneficial insects to your home garden too.
Native Range: Native to the eastern half of North America. Native throughout the state of Minnesota.
Pollinators: Attractive to native bees. It is a host plant for the Black Swallowtail butterfly!
Flowers: The flowers appear in flat clusters about 2″ wide.
Leaves: The 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: Golden Zizia
More information: USDA plant profile