Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Golden Alexanders

Zizia aurea
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie, Savanna / Woodland, Wetland
Season of Interest: Early (Feb - Apr), Mid (May - June)
Main Color:
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Medium Sun/Average Shade, Shade
Soil
Moisture
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Host, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

20 to
30
inches

Spread:

18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 20 to
30
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 20 to
30
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Butterfly and pollinator gardens, cut flower.
Establishment and Care Instructions
While tolerant of a wide range of moisture and soil conditions, golden alexanders prefers well drained soils.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

Excellent species for a wide variety of pollinators. Caterpillars of the Black Swallowtail and Ozark Swallowtail butterflies feed on the leaves and flowers.Photo by Mervin Wallace.

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