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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:

12-20 Inches


24- Inches


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 (Packera obovatus)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Nature Attracting


Season of Interest

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

Soil Moisture


Special Uses

Dried Flower
Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Host