Mid Atlantic Gardening forum→Golden Groundsel still blooming

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Name: Rick Webb
southeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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ILPARW
May 22, 2020 6:10 PM CST
Here is a photo of my Golden Groundsels or Ragworts (Packera aurea) in bloom in late April; then the second photo of them still in yellow bloom in late May 2020. The second photo shows a lot more green leaves having come forth. Maybe this spring that has been cooler than normal has helped longer bloom.
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
May 23, 2020 6:59 AM CST
they're really making a show! I think you'e right.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Rick Webb
southeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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ILPARW
May 23, 2020 10:15 AM CST
Thanks! They make a strong groundcover, competitive with any weeds.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
May 23, 2020 11:30 AM CST
They were spreading well for me.. but they do not take chicken abuse. Certain things got all scratched out- most of bleeing hearts, ALL of this Packera, native ginger medium hard hit but coming back with protection.
After seeing how fast the Packera could spread, I would never have thought I'd lose it all. Maybe it tasted good.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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ViburnumValley
May 23, 2020 1:00 PM CST
Observe whether you have much/any pollination going on. Persistent color usually means no flower is getting pollinated, or you have pollination (then going into seed production) with a lot of successional flowers coming on after the first ones are pollinated.

Sterile plants tend to flower longest. My "snowball" type viburnums have ridiculously long bloom periods - because the bloom is all showy bracts with no reproductive parts to speak of. Viburnum macrocephalum 'Sterile' and Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum (selections like 'Popcorn', 'Mary Milton', others) just last and last and last.

John
Name: Rick Webb
southeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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ILPARW
May 25, 2020 8:49 AM CST
I did not know that chickens were so vicious to eat vegetation, Wow! My Golden Groundsels are now mostly out of yellow bloom and there are lots of the white dandelion-like seed-heads present now. I have no fear of there not being pollination. The cool spring kept flowers blooming a little longer, as I have seen that done with Forsythia blooming more than week longer than normal in the same way.

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