PlantsPackera→Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Packera aurea Accepted
Senecio aureus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 1 to 2 feet
Plant Spread: 1 to 2 feet and more
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Erosion control
Groundcover
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Date: 2008-04-22Photo courtesy of: BillyBoy
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Date: 2012-04-01Photo courtesy of: Nicholas A. Tonelli
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Date: 2010-08-04Photo courtesy of: H. Zell
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2016-04-20close-up of yellow flowers
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Location: Douthat Park, VA (Near Bedford)
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Location: Downingtown PennsylvaniaDate: 2021-05-20my patch with seed heads
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Location: Downingtown PennsylvaniaDate: 2021-05-20the white seed heads
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Date: 2007-02-19Photo courtesy of: Pieter Pelser
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Date: 2007-02-19Photo courtesy of: Pieter Pelser
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Date: 2007-02-19Photo courtesy of: Pieter Pelser
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Date: 2008-08-06Photo courtesy of: Jim Kingdon
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Date: 2012-03-23Photo courtesy of: Fritzflohrreynolds
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Date: 2010-08-04Photo courtesy of: H. Zell
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Date: 2010-08-04Photo courtesy of: H. Zell
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Date: 2010-08-04Photo courtesy of: H. Zell
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-05-12groundcover in bloom
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-04-16groundcover in bloom
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-04-26expanding mass in yellow bloom
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-05-10small group planted year before
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2016-02-18emerging foliage in February
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 11, 2018 8:15 PM

This is a easy, reliable groundcover perennial that is almost evergreen farther south and still semi-evergreen to the north. Its native range is from southeast Canada & New England down to northwest Florida through Louisiana into eastern Oklahoma up through Minnesota into southern Manitoba & west Ontario, in wet meadows, swamps, and moist to wet woods. It makes a thick groundcover about a foot high that spreads by both underground stems (rhizomes) and by self-sowing of its dandelion-like, white fuzzy seeds at a moderate rate. It gets about 2 feet high when the flowering stalks come up to develop the yellow, daisy-like flowers, liked by many kinds of bees. It is sold by most native plant nurseries and by some larger, diverse conventional nurseries. I see it occasionally in shady landscapes and gardens. It does well in average garden soil. It makes a strong groundcover that out-competes many of the invasive Eurasian woodland forbs. It should be used more.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 8:32 AM

This is a good plant for naturalizing in moist places.

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on May 14, 2020 7:48 PM

I got a few little sprouts of this at a plant swap, which quickly grew to fill an area next to a silver maple, enough so that I moved a lot to another area with tree roots, where they bloomed and started to fill in. The plant can cope very well with dry shade and tree roots, unfortunalty it cannot cope with chickens scratching it over winter, and it is all gone.

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