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CHRYSOGONUM virginianum var. australe

Image of Chrysogonum virginianum var. australe

James Burghardt

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CHRYSOGONUM virginianum var. australe

Plant Common Name

Green and Gold

Special Notice

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General Description

The aptly named Golden Star brings a galaxy of golden, starry flowers to shady, woodland gardens. This hardy perennial is native to the forests of the southeastern United States from Pennsylvania to Florida and west to Louisiana. It is ground hugging and spreads over time via stolons (rooted stems). One unique feature is it’s adapted to withstand both periods of flooding and drought, which makes it ideal for planting in floodplains or shaded areas beneath trees.

Broad clumps of hairy, dark green, opposite leaves develop in spring, which are shortly followed by lots of pretty spring daisies. Flowering typically starts around mid- to late-spring and is at its peak during this time, but flowers may appear intermittently all season long. The golden yellow blooms are five-petaled and quite small but still very showy. They are visited by bees and the spent heads dry to brown.

Filtered sunlight is best for optimal flowering. Golden star is not too picky about soil and can withstand both wet and dry forest understory conditions, though slightly acid, fertile soils with average moisture will yield the most vigorous plants. This is a perfect groundcover for beds around trees. It also softens the edges of woodland pathways and grows well on sloping ground. Though little appreciated, it is a promising plant for sustainable gardens within its native area.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Southeastern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edging, Groundcover, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No