Zizia aurea Golden
Zizia or Golden Alexander Seed & Potted Plants
(ZIZ-ee-uh AR-ee-uh AW-ree-uh)
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|Habitat||Bloom Period||Color||Height Inches||Moisture||Plant Spacing||Lifespan|
|Sun to Light Shade||May and June||Yellow||12 - 24||Dry to moist||8 to 18 Inches||Perennial|
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Zizia aurea like most wildflowers has several common names including Golden Alexander, Golden Aizia, & Meadow Zizia. Native Zizia urea plants have several 1-1/2 inch clusters of small bright yellow flowers growing in an open mounded form with lush, heart shaped foliage that is attractive all summer. Zizia aurea is a butterfly host plant for the Missouri Woodland Swallowtail butterfly. Golden Alexander grows best in humus-rich, average to moist soil in partial shade to full sun and is ideal to plant near a garden path or in the front of a perennial border where it can be enjoyed all season.
Zizia aurea Golden alexander seed germination is improved after a pretreatment of 6 to 12 weeks of cold moist stratification or when planted outside in the fall or early winter for spring germination.
Native Golden Alexander wildflowers occur naturally in seasonally wet prairies and open woods from New York to Manitoba, and British Colombia, south to Georgia Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Apiaceae (Parsley Family)
The map below shows areas where native Zizia aurea Golden Alexander flowers grow wild, it is hardy over a much wider area if planted. Plant in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9.
USA (AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV), CAN (MB, NB, NS, ON, QC)
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Willow Springs, Mo. 65793
Zizia aurea Golden Alexander Plant distribution map
complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
(http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Golden Alexanders has its greatest potential as a
component of conservation mixes and wildflower gardens.
In wet, sunny meadows and open woodlands it will naturalize.
The flowers are attractive to many kinds of butterflies and many other
insects. It is an excellent source of accessible pollen and nectar to
many beneficial insects with short mouthparts.
Please consult the PLANTS Web site and your State Department of Natural Resources for this plant’s current status (e.g. threatened or endangered species, state noxious status, and wetland indicator values).
leaves are up to 8 centimeters long and 5 centimeters across, have finely serrated margins, generally lanceolate or ovate in shape and the larger leaves usually have 1 or 2 sharp lobes. Lower (basal) leaves are twice or three times compound with long petioles
leaves are up to 8 centimeters long and 5 centimeters
across, have finely serrated margins, generally lanceolate or ovate in shape and
the larger leaves usually have 1 or 2 sharp lobes.
Lower (basal) leaves are twice or three times compound with long
petioles, while the upper leaves are once compound with short petioles.
Golden Alexanders is most noteworthy for its attractive bright yellow
flower which occurs from May – June. The
flower is less than .3 centimeters long. Each flower has 5 sepals, 5 petals and
5 stamens. A cluster of flowers gathers into an 8 centimeter long flat-topped
flower head, the middle flower of each
compound umbel being stalk less. Flowers
give way to 3 – 4 millimeter long, oblong, green fruit capsules.
The leaves as well as the fruit slowly turn light purple in the autumn.
Golden Alexanders is a
carefree plant which occurs naturally in small colonies on wet soils.
It prefers wet sites, but is very tolerant of dry conditions in the
summer. The preference is for full
to partial sun, although light shade under trees is tolerated.
Distribution: This species
is widely distributed from Quebec to Saskatoon, south to Florida and Texas in
USDA hardiness zones 4 – 9. Habitats
include: moist black soil prairies, openings in moist to mesic woodlands,
savannas, thickets, limestone glades and bluffs, power line clearings in
woodland areas, and abandoned fields.
Propagation by Seed
Large round seed capsules ripen slowly in flattened
heads or umbels. They are green for
much of the summer then gradually darken to burgundy and then brown, at which
time they can be removed and crushed to release the dark brown seeds.
Seed will germinate after 90 days moist, cold stratification at 4º C.
The seed of golden Alexanders germinate at high percentages. The resulting seedlings can be transplanted into containers
by midsummer; and plants will be at flowering size by the following spring.
species is probably best planted in the spring or early fall from containerize
stock to ensure success. Unstratified
seed may also be fall planted, although germination the following spring may not
be as predictable.
Golden Alexanders is a hardy
plant with relatively few problems. This
species is easy to grow and maintain with moderate levels of N, P and K.
It will naturalize under optimal conditions.
Pests and Potential Problems
Golden Alexanders is a plant with relatively few pest and disease problems. Plants tend to bolt and the foliage depreciates as the summer progresses.