Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina

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    Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea)
    Carrot Family
    A carefree, spring blooming plant that attracts an incredible diversity of pollinators. One of the most exciting to watch is the brightly colored Black Swallowtail caterpillars which can show up in mass and quickly defoliate, but not kill plants. Full sun will promote sturdier plants, but plants can be found in light shade settings as well. Plants are best suited in a more naturalized setting or meadow garden where their more wild appearance can blend in. This is a plant for the pollinators more than the people. 
    Blooms: Yellow, 4-6 weeks, April-May
    Leaves: Dark green, variable shaped leaves, 2-3”
    Height: 2-3’
    Space: 2’
    Soil: Average, dry, moist
    Exposure:  Full sun, Part sun, Light shade
    Fauna: Short-tongue bees, wasps, flies, beetles, host to Black Swallowtail butterfly
    Seeds: Oblong green capsules turn purplish-brown in fall
    Deer Resistance: Moderate
    Zone: 4-9
    Native Status: NC Native, common in the Piedmont & Mountains, uncommon in the Sandhills
    Provenance: Unknown, seed grown