Zizia aurea

Golden Alexanders

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Golden Alexanders is a wonderful plant for naturalizing in open moist places where it will provide necessary foliage and flowers for all stages of the black swallowtail, and other butterflies and pollinators. Blooming in late spring and early summer, its 2-3’ tall flower stalks are topped with bunches of flat-topped, bright yellow umbels of lacey flowers above coarse, compound, fern-like leaves. In the wild, golden Alexanders is widespread across eastern North America occurring in moist, open woods, meadows, and prairies. It is easy to grow and may spread quickly by seed although individual plants may be short-lived. Plant it at the edge of a moist meadow or ditch along with blue star, wild blue indigo, blue flag iris, and smooth phlox. 


Butterfly Plant

Native Plant

Rain Garden

Host Plant

Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial


Semi evergreen

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow



Flower Color


Bloom Time

Late spring, early summer

Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny

Soil Condition

Organic, Average,

Moisture Tolerance

Moist, Moderate








Hardiness Zones

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


full quart