Packera is Latin for James Packer, a Canadian biosystematist; aurea is Latin for golden.
Wet meadows, moist open woods and stream banks.
Lovely in spacious sunny borders or rain gardens and along well-drained water edges (tolerates seasonal flooding). Naturalizes rapidly, with a bright and profuse early summer bloom, and foliage that continues as an attractive ground cover. Seed spreading and appearance can be controlled by removing spent blossoms.
An attractive, golden-yellow blooming perennial herb that prefers moist, well-drained sunny locations, but will tolerate part-shade and some dryness. Height ranges from 1-2 feet in flower. It spreads easily by both wind-borne seed dispersal and rhizomes, and can naturalize nicely to suppress weeds and offer full-season color from both bloom and attractive foliage. There are 16 North American species of this genus; it is found throughout the eastern US.
Leaves and Stems
Basal foliage of dense, dark green, heart-shaped 4-inch leaves has a purple underside and is semi-evergreen (evergreen in areas of mild winter). Leaves are alternate, lobed, hairless, on slender, purplish stalks 2-4 inches long. Stalks hold the basal leaf blade at an angle or parallel to the ground. Flower stems are 1-2 feet long, smooth and purplish, and usually branch into several stalks. Stem leaves get smaller up the stem, becoming elongated, stalkless, and deeper lobed.
Daisy-like, yellow radial petals (7 to 20) form 1-inch blossoms. Petal tips may be tinged in purple. Blooms grow in a flat-topped cluster at the tops of the long, slender, often branched flower stems in May.
A fuzzy spherical plume is formed by the tufts attached to each small brown seed.
Completely deer resistant. Attracts native bees.
Stratified seeds or root division in spring.
A traditional medicinal herb, with uses similar to ergot, the leaves of this plant are now categorized as a low severity poison (they contain pyrrolizidine).
Performance Hall Garden (see garden map)
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
Flora of Wisconsin: Consortium of Wisconsin Herbaria
Plant Profile by Kate O’Dell