Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

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Golden Alexanders, Golden Zizia

Golden Alexanders, Golden Zizia

Zizia aurea

Full to part sun, moderately wet to moderately dry moisture level, average soil, strongly acid to slightly acid pH.  2-3 feet height, blooms in spring, yellow flowers, will naturalize.

Germination Code:  M/C(60), G.  Easy from seed.

Native Region:  Concentrated in Western Highland Rim and scattered lightly in rest of the state

Showy flowers on a plant that is easy to grow.  Best planted en masse.  Blooms for an extended period.  Fairly short-lived but will re-seed if plants are left to complete their natural cycle.   Member of the Parsley Family and is a larval host for the Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly.  Attracts many butterflies, bees and wasps.


One response to “Golden Alexanders, Golden Zizia

  1. joystewart September 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Several years ago I included this species in a planted area of about 40′ by 35′, and it came up beautifully. For the next 2-3 years, it was the dominant species in my little meadow, and I really enjoyed the bright yellow in spring. Then this year it was suddenly completely gone except for an isolated plant here and there. I figured that some of the more aggressive plants had crowded it out or that I had done something wrong in my original planting. Fortunately for me, my cousin is assistant curator of a botanical garden & arboretum at a large university, and he came for a visit. He explained to me that this is what zizia does; it lasts a few years and is gone. It seems to be a short-lived perennial that moves around and pops up here and there. So it was not crowded out and I didn’t do anything wrong. Very useful fact to know about this plant, so I thought I would pass it along.

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