Zizia aurea - Golden Alexanders

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    Zizia aurea - Golden Alexanders

    SKU: C19920



    Golden Alexanders should be in every garden! Easy to grow from seed, it blooms for several weeks in late spring to early summer when many other plants have yet to flower. This is also an important plant to a number of pollinators and it is a host plant for the Black Swallowtail whose caterpillars will feed on its thick, deep green leaves. Zizia aurea tolerates quite a bit of shade but prefers full sun to part shade.

      Late Spring
      Sun to Pt Shade
      1' - 2'
      Sand to Clay
      Med to Moist
    Approx. 30 seeds per pack - 171 seeds per gram

    Attracts Butterflies, Honeybees & Songbirds!
    Deer Resistant!
    Makes Great Cut Flowers!
    Juglone Tolerant!

    All Wildflower Farm seeds are hardy through growing zone 3, organic and non-GMO.


    Indoors: Cold, moist stratification. Start at least 5 weeks before outdoor night temperatures are reliably in the 10 C (50 F) range. Mix the seed with a slightly moistened, sterile, soil-less growing mix. Put this in a labelled, sealed plastic bag and store in a refrigerator for one day. The next day place this in the freezer for one day. Repeat this for one week, alternating between the fridge and the freezer. After stratifying, plant seed 0.32 cm (1/8 inch) deep in pots. Keep moist but not soggy and very warm (21 C - 70 F). When seedlings are 5 cm (2 inches) tall or more, transplant into the garden spaced 30 cm (1 foot) apart.

    Outdoors: Plant seed 0.32 cm (1/8 inch) deep in a prepared seed bed in late fall so that the seed overwinters and germinates naturally in spring.

    Outdoors Alternative: In late fall through to mid-winter fill plastic pots with a slightly moistened, sterile, soil-less growing mix. Plant seed 0.32 cm (1/8 inch) deep in pots and label the pots. Place them outdoors in an area where they will experience the snow and cold of winter. The seed will germinate in the pots in spring as the weather warms up. Be sure to water the pots regularly in spring and once the plants are 5 cm (2 inches) tall, transplant them into your garden.