Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Golden Ragwort

Packera aurea
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Forest, Stream Edge, Wetland
Season of Interest: Early (Feb - Apr), Mid (May - June)
Main Color: Yellow
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 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade, Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

12 to
24
inches

Spread:

12 to
18
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
24
inches
Spread: 12 to
18
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
24
inches
Spread: 12 to
18
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Use in mass in partial sun to sunny formal areas or habitat hardens. Can function as a 2-foot ground cover. Needs decent soil moisture to slightly wet soil.
Establishment and Care Instructions
The plants prefer some shade, but have been grown successfully in full sun. After plants have gone to seed, the spent stems can be shredded with a string trimmer to make them disappear.
Special Features
Special Usage
Ground Cover, Rainscaping
Basic Description

The plants, consisting of rounded, year-round, dark-green foliage 3- to 5-inches high, spread moderately fast to form an excellent ground cover. Flat-topped flower clusters appear in April and May 10 to 14 inches above the foliage.Part of our Pollinator Buffet plant tag series. The wasp-like cuckoo bee lays its eggs in other bees’ nests. An indicator of healthy bee populations. Many bees, flies, and beetles use the nectar and pollen. Host to northern metalmark butterfly.

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