|sends out long, above-ground stolons that touch down and take root|
Green and Gold blooms early in my Zone 6b/7a garden; a few flowers will open in mid-March, but, April is when it pops. Then all at once the small golden flowers are waving above the green fuzzy leaves as if they're saying come on pollinators here I am.
|The early bloom provides nectar for visiting bees and butterflies.|
|a tuft of disk flowers surrounded by 5 ray florets that are toothed on the ends|
|typical asteraceae's individual flowers|
Good reasons to consider planting Green and Gold in your garden.
- Beautiful groundcover for shady area
- Long bloom time
- Does well in a rain garden
- Will naturalize
- Lovely planted along the edge of a woodland path
- Good for planting at the base of native shrubs
- Easy to grow and maintain
- Nectar source for early visiting pollinators
|planted with Heuchera|
Common Name: goldenstar, Green and Gold
Type: rhizomatous, low-growing perennial; Evergreen or semi-evergreen
Zone: 5 to 9
USA: AL , DC , FL , GA , KY , LA , MD , MS , NC , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV
Native Habitat: Woodlands, dappled sun
Size: 4-6 inches high
Bloom Time: Late March, April, May and possible rebloom in the fall. If you're gardening in its northern zone you might have summer blooms, but it's too hot in Middle TN to bloom all summer. In a wet, cool autumn there might be repeat blooms.
Sun: Part shade to full shade. If you want to plant it in the sun make sure it is well watered during dry summers.
Water: Medium with good drainage. Once it's established it should be fairly drought tolerant.
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize, Rain Garden
Tolerates: Deer, Shade, Drought
Companion planting: Dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata), Blue wood sedge (Carex flaccosperma), Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), Hairy Alumroot (Heuchera villosa), Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis and Blue-stem goldenrod (Solidago caesia)or what ever combination of plants that need a spot of golden star beauty.
Even though it's a spring bloomer Green and Gold is an honorary member of the Clay and Limestone Rough and Tumble Wildflower club!
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Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.