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Packera aurea (Golden Ragwort)

Golden Groundsel, Golden Ragwort, Butterweed, Senecio aureus, Senecio aureus var. aquilonius, Senecio aureus var. gracilis, Senecio aureus var. intercursus, Senecio gracilis


Brightening shady areas, Packera aurea (Golden Ragwort) is a showy semi-evergreen perennial boasting large, flat-topped clusters of brilliant yellow daisy-like flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), in early spring. Attractive to butterflies, the blossoms are borne atop sparsely-leaved stems. They rise above a basal rosette of heart-shaped, toothed, dark green leaves above and purple beneath, 2-3 in. long (5-7 cm). A great naturalizer, Golden Ragwort spreads readily by seed and underground rhizomes to form large colonies. It creates an effective groundcover in shady, moist to dry woodlands.

  • Grows up to 12-36 in. tall (30-90 cm) and 6-18 in. wide (15-45 cm).
  • Will grow in full sun in moist to wet soils or in part shade in dry to moist soils. Tolerates seasonal flooding.
  • Low maintenance, this is an excellent choice for woodland gardens, cottage gardens, bog gardens, rain gardenswildflower gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Native to North America

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Low, Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Dry Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Low, Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Dry Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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