Heart-Leaf Golden Alexanders (Zizia aptera)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 12 - 18 inches
Leaves: Other: Thick, glossy, dark green leaves
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Needs 2 months cold moist treatment.
Other info: Germinates best at cool temperatures.
Pollinators: Hoverflies
Flies
Bees

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.

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Comments:
Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on Apr 30, 2016 9:01 PM

A little more drought-tolerant than its close relative, Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea). The leaves have a slightly different texture. I thought they were thicker and glossier, but I'm not so sure that's true. Like many parsley family plants, its leaves feed black swallowtail caterpillars, and the flowers provide nectar for small bees and flies.

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