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Zizia aptera (Heart-leaf Golden Alexanders)

Zizia aptera (Heart-leaf Golden Alexanders)
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Zizia is an important plant to a number of short-tongued insects that are able to easily reach the nectar in the small yellow flowers. Black Swallowtail caterpillars will feed on its leaves.

Heart-leaf Golden Alexanders give the garden/prairie some well-deserved early color for several weeks in late spring to early summer when many other plants have not yet flowered.  This plant prefers full sun or light shade. Heart-leaf Golden Alexanders can endure drier soils.

Zizia is a member of the Carrot (Apiaceae) family with yellow umbel flowers. Our website also features the following species with similar blossoms: Taenidia integerrima (Yellow Pimpernel),  Polytaenia nuttallii (Prairie Parsley) and Thaspium trifoliatum (Meadow Parsnip).  Of course Zizia aurea (Golden Alexanders) is most similar and could be difficult to distinguish from Zizia aurea were it not for the heart-shaped leaves at the base of the plant.

All of these important perennial native plants should not be confused with the similar-looking Pastinaca sativa (Wild Parsnip), a highly invasive Eurasian biennial commonly found on roadsides and other disturbed sites.  Wild Parsnip is taller than the aforementioned natives, blooms later, and can cause painful skin burns.


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Catalog Number ZIZ02F
Seeds / Packet 150
Seeds / Ounce 12,000
Germination Code M/C(60), G
Wetland Code FACU
Plant Spacing 10-12"
Sun Exposure Full Sun  Part Shade 
Soil Moisture Mesic (Medium)  Dry-Mesic 
Height 2 feet 
Bloom Color Yellow 
Bloom Time April  May 
Plant Type Wildflowers (Forbs) 
Availability Seeds  Roots 
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Zizia aptera (Heart-leaf Golden Alexanders)
*This map shows the native and adventive range of this species. **Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.
BONAP Map Key
Present in state Present in county; native to state Not present in state  
Present in county, adventive in state    
Zizia aurea (Golden Alexanders) Taenidia integerrima (Yellow Pimpernel)
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