Golden Groundsel, commonly refered to as Packera, is an easy-to-grow native perennial valued for its profuse bloom in early summer, and its ability to naturalize rapidly. The basal foliage is showy as well …
|Soil Type||Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil Moisture||Medium, Moist|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial, Shade|
|Height||1' - 2'|
|Bloom Time||May, June|
|Hardiness Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Benefits||Pollinators, Deer Resistant|
Golden Groundsel, commonly refered to as Packera, is an easy-to-grow native perennial valued for its profuse bloom in early summer, and its ability to naturalize rapidly. The basal foliage is showy as well; the dense rosettes of heart shaped leaves with purple undersides are an attractive ground cover throughout the season. The central stalk is mostly bare, and lends a strong vertical line to massed plants.
Packera spreads by rhizome to form a colony that suppresses weeds. It prefers consistent moisture, and will tolerate dryer conditions when planted in some shade. The seeds are easily dispersed by the wind which can be controlled by deadheading.
A naturalized colony of Packera in the woodland garden is spectacular in bloom. Add it in patches along streams or around ponds, or include it in a water feature. Packera is completely deer resistant. The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract small bees such as little carpenter bees, cuckoo bees and various halictid bees. Other common names include Golden Ragwort and Butterweed.