Golden Ragwort, Packera aurea

Golden Ragwort

Packera aurea

Sun Shade:
Bloom Time: Spring
Zones: 3, 4, 5
Soil Conditions: Loam
Soil Moisture: Medium, Moist, Wet
Color: Yellow
Fragrance: No
Height: .5-2.5 feet
Spacing: .5-1.5 feet


Golden Ragwort, Packera aurea, also called golden groundsel or squaw weed, is a somewhat weedy perennial which is valued for its ability to thrive in moist shady locations, naturalize rapidly and produce a long and profuse spring bloom. It is native in moist soils in low woods, ravines, swamps, along streams and springs, and at the base of cliffs. Features flat-topped clusters (corymbs) of yellow, daisy-like flowers atop sparsely-leaved stems in early spring. Oblong stem leaves are finely cut (pinnately lobed) and quite distinctive. The blooming period occurs from mid- to late spring and lasts about 3 weeks. Flowering stems typically rise 1-2 feet tall from basal clumps of long-stemmed, heart-shaped, toothed, dark green leaves that often have a purplish tinge beneath.

Habitats include wet to mesic deciduous woodlands, damp woodland openings, woodland borders, moist sandy savannas, sandy swamps, seeps and edges of springs, banks of rivers and lakes, slopes of rocky ravines, glades, moist meadows, roadside embankments, and abandoned fields.

Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Soils should not be allowed to dry out. Freely self-seeds and is easily grown from seed. Naturalizes into large colonies in optimum growing conditions.. Basal foliage will serve as an attractive ground cover throughout the growing season as long as consistent moisture is provided. Basal foliage is essentially evergreen in mild winters, but foliage decline will occur in harsh winters.

Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Semi-evergreen ground cover for moist, shady areas.
  Effective in bog gardens, along streams or ponds.
  Remove flowering stems after bloom/seed dispersal.
   Blooms well in shady locations.
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