Chrysogonum virginianum var. virginianum

Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 17, 2012 2:11 PM

This is an attractive, ever-blooming, low growing, low maintenance perennial. Green-and-Gold only flowers from March through October, but that's about the longest span of any of the wildflowers. Peaking in May, the 1-inch wide, 5-petaled flowers look like little yellow daisies rising just above or nestled among neat, dark green, 9-inch high mounds of foliage.

For best growth, give Green-and-Gold sun or light shade and rich, well-drained soil. Excessive moisture and heavy mulches encourage fungal attacks so water sparingly. Use a pea gravel or sand mulch or mulch very lightly under leaves. Green-and-Gold is an excellent plant for the front of the perennial border, retaining most of its green leaves throughout the winter. It would also be good for a rock garden or along a sunny path.

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