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Zizia aptera

Heart-Leaved Meadow Parsnip

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Zizia aptera (Heart-Leaved Meadow Parsnip)

This member of the carrot family blooms from May to June with flat heads of small yellow flowers. It provides wonderful contrast to other native plants in the landscape. The heart-shaped basal foliage is semi-evergreen, glossy and thick and looks similar to Lenten Rose. It is a host plant for the Black Swallowtail butterfly. Grows naturally in drier prairies so, does well in dry, lightly shaded areas.

Additional Information:


Height
12-20 Inches

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Spread
24- Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Medium Yellow


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-7

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Wild Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Squaw-weed (Senecio obovatus)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACU

Nature Attracting

Butterfly

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

Average
Moderate

Special Uses

Dried Flower
Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Host