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Zizia aurea

Golden Alexanders

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Zizia aurea (Golden Alexanders)

Pretty umbels of compound, golden yellow flower heads radiate on smooth, branched plants up to three feet tall. This striking member of the parsley family can be found from May to June along woodland borders and roadsides in our region. Commonly found in moist prairie and along streams, this Golden Alexander is a better choice for rain gardens than its close relative, Heart-Leaved Meadow Parsnip, Zizia aptera, which is found in drier prairies.

Additional Information:

18-36 Inches


18-24 Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color
Medium Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Will naturalize to fill in open spaces in gardens.

Good Companions
Shining Blue Star (Amsonia illustris), Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Swamp Aster (Aster puniceus), Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), Golden Ragwort (Packera aureus)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture


Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map