HEART-LEAFED GOLDEN ALEXANDER
Botanical Name: Zizia aptera
Plant Family: Carrot (Apiaceae)
Description: Short-lived perennial with dark green, heart-shaped basal leaves. Stem leaves are divided into three leaflets.Tiny bright-yellow flowers in flat-topped clusters, 2-3" wide, on branched 1-3' stems.
Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade. Moist prairies and open woods.
Bloom Time: Early, Apr - May
Bloom Color: Yellow
Benefit to pollinators/wildlife: Attracts large numbers of native bees and insect that prey on or parasitize pests. Black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars feed on this and other members of the carrot family.
Native Status: US native, PA native
Location in habitat: Native Bee Conservation Garden