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Evergreen ground cover for free for your part shade areas

Discussion in 'Nature/Habitat/Garden Corner' started by OSimpson, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. OSimpson

    OSimpson Certified Master Naturalist

    Sep 24, 2006
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    I have lots of native Golden Ragwart transplants available from our garden to yours. It keeps on spreading and we love to share some. It's done blooming and now it's just big round leaves.. (second image below) It's an early bloomer. Image below is from late April in our garden. If it gets less sun, the leaves gets bigger. Third picture is how it looks in winter (it's not a photo from our garden-I find it online).

    GoldenRagwort.jpg Golden Ragwart leaves.jpg GoldenRagwart in winter .jpg

    If you are interested please text me at 703-725-8040

    Garden Uses
    Semi-evergreen ground cover for moist, shady areas. Large naturalized plantings in woodland gardens can be spectacular in bloom. Also effective in bog gardens, along streams or ponds, wild gardens, cottage gardens, native plant gardens or borders.

    Rabbits and/or deer don't eat it. No serious insect or disease problems.

    Common Name: golden ragwort
    Type: Herbaceous perennial
    Family: Asteraceae
    Native Range: Eastern North America to Texas
    Zone: 3 to 8
    Height: 0.50 to 2.50 feet
    Spread: 0.50 to 1.50 feet
    Bloom Time: April
    Bloom Description: Yellow
    Sun: Full sun to part shade
    Water: Medium to wet
    Maintenance: Medium
    Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize, Rain Garden
    Flower: Showy
    Attracts: Butterflies
    Tolerate: Wet Soil

    Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Blooms well in shady locations. 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. Remove flowering stems after bloom/seed dispersal. 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 St. Louis winters, but foliage decline will occur in harsh winters.

    Noteworthy Characteristics
    Packera aurea, commonly called golden ragwort, 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 to Missouri where it occurs most often in moist soils in low woods, ravines, swamps, along streams and springs, and at the base of cliffs (Steyermark). Features flat-topped clusters (corymbs) of yellow, daisy-like flowers (to 1" diameter) atop sparsely-leaved stems in early spring. Oblong stem leaves are finely cut (pinnately lobed) and quite distinctive. Flowering stems typically rise 1-2' tall from basal clumps of long-stemmed, heart-shaped, toothed, dark green leaves that often have a purplish tinge beneath. Synonymous with and still frequently sold as Senecio aureus.

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