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FutureStarrGolden alexander plants for sale
Zizia is a member of the Carrot (Apiaceae) family with yellow umbel flowers. Our website also features the following species with similar blossoms: Taenidia integerrima (Yellow Pimpernel), Polytaenia nuttallii (Prairie Parsley) and Thaspium trifoliatum (Meadow Parsnip). Of course Zizia aptera (Heart-leaf Golden Alexanders), is most similar and could be difficult to distinguish from Zizia aurea were it not for the heart-shaped leaves at the base of the plant. Heart-leaf Golden Alexanders can endure drier soils also.
Golden Alexander seeds are reported to be difficult to germinate. Sources say that it may be best to start them by Fall planting in a mulched bed. If starting in the spring, cold stratify them for at least 60 days (some say 3-4 months, but our supplier recommends 60 days) before sowing in COOL soil. Plant about 1/4 inch deep and keep constantly moist. Germination may be erratic over several weeks. Golden Alexanders is covered with brilliant golden, three to four inch-wide umbels that bloom for several weeks in late spring. Only one to two feet tall, this is an excellent low-growing perennial for heavy clay soils in semi-shade to full sun. Moist, well-drained soil is best, but this very adaptable plant will tolerated both wet conditions and dry conditions, as long as there is plenty of moisture early in the growing season.
If planting seeds, do so in spring or fall to enjoy the plant's carefree rapid growth. In late summer it forms oblong-shaped green fruit capsules which gradually turn purple as autumn approaches, as do the stems and leaves. Not to be confused with the invasive biennial wild parsnip, which it resembles in shape and form, non-invasive golden Alexander is shorter in height and with a brighter yellow hue to its flowers.Despite being a self-pollinating plant, the golden Alexander provides beneficial food to pollinators, specifically the black swallowtail butterfly and the woodland swallowtail butterfly. The caterpillar forms of these butterflies can cause damage in vegetable gardens, as they enjoy chomping on plants and herbs including parsley dill, fennel, and carrot tops. Planting some golden Alexander can help attract these caterpillars early in the season if they tend to be a problem in gardens. (Source: www.thespruce.com)