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Zizia aurea

Common Golden-Alexanders

Scientific Name:

Zizia aurea

Genus:

Zizia

Species Epithet:

aurea

Common Name:

Common Golden-Alexanders

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Apiaceae (Carrot Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

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

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist forests, woodlands, and woodland borders. Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Attracts Black Swallowtail butterflies and is host to their caterpillars. Common Mountains to piedmont, rare coastal to sandhills

Blooming Plants

image

edge of a farm pasture, Black Mountain, late May 2002
© MB Baumeister

Flower Sort of like a yellow Queen Anne's Lace.

image

edge of a farm pasture, Black Mountain, late May 2002
© MB Baumeister

Buds

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edge of a farm pasture, Black Mountain, late May 2002
© MB Baumeister

Seeds Forming

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
NC State Extension


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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