Packera aurea, commonly known as golden ragwort or simply ragwort, is a lovely spring perennial flower that can easily be grown in the home garden. Inhabiting moist, shady woodland areas, it's bright yellow flowers on 12-18" stems brighten the landscape in spring. The flowers themselves consist of a crown of yellow, daisy-type flowers on top of a dark purplish stem 12-18” high. It has a longer bloom time than many natives, making it a nice addition to your woodland garden. Ragwort naturalizes rapidly. The basal leaves are nicely toothed and dark green with a purplish cast. Flower stems can be removed after blooming and you are left with an attractive, groundcover for the rest of the growing season.
Ragwort is the featured plant for the 2016 Central Pa Native Plant Festival on May 7.
Photo courtesy of Diane Albright
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