|Light:||Full Sun, Partial, Shade|
|Soil:||Sand, Loam, Clay|
|Benefits:||Pollinators, Deer Resistant|
|Zones:||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
A glowing patch of Golden Groundsel is a cheerful presence in the early summer landscape. This easy-to-grow perennial is valued for its long and profuse bloom and ability to naturalize rapidly. The basal foliage is showy as well, with dense rosettes of heart shaped leaves with purple undersides. The central stalk is mostly bare, and lends a strong vertical line to massed plants.
Packera aurea spreads by rhizome to form a colony that suppresses weeds. It prefers soil with consistent moisture, and will tolerate dryer conditions when planted in some shade. The seeds are easily dispersed by the wind which can be be controlled by deadheading. The basal foliage is an attractive, semi-evergreen groundcover throughout the season. Easy to propagate by division.
A large, naturalized planting of Packera in the woodland garden is spectacular in bloom. Add it in patches along streams or around ponds, or included it in a water feature or rain garden. 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 names include Golden Ragwort, Common Groundsel, Butterweed, Senecio aureus or Senecio gracilis.