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Plant Details

Packera aurea [= Senecio aureus]

Golden Ragwort, Golden Groundsel, Heartleaf Ragwort, Butterweed

Scientific Name:

Packera aurea [= Senecio aureus]

Genus:

packera

Species Epithet:

aurea

Common Name:

Golden Ragwort, Golden Groundsel, Heartleaf Ragwort, Butterweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Moist forests, bottomlands, bogs, stream banks (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

Notes:

Prefers moist soils, tolerates day and occasional flooding.

Basal Leaves

Plants are just coming up.

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Tom Harville's garden, Cary
© Tom Harville

Stem Leaves

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Black Mountain, late March 2005
© MB Baumeister

Budding Stalks

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Black Mountain, late March 2005
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Buds

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Black Mountain, late March 2005
© MB Baumeister

Beginning to Open

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Black Mountain, early April 2005
© MB Baumeister

Flowers

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Black Mountain, early April 2005
© MB Baumeister

Blooming Plant

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Black Mountain, early April 2005
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnsons Wildflower Center
Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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