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Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)

This species boasts yellow flat-topped flowers that proliferate in the spring prairie. A tough native plant of mesic-wet Illinois prairies, it thrives in a variety of habitats. Spreads easily by re-seeding, not recommended for the garden. Do not confuse it with the invasive non-native species Common Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa), which has a sap that can cause severe skin blisters.


  • Acronym: ZIZAUR
  • Life-Cycle: Perennial
  • Bloom Color: Yellow
  • Bloom Time: April - June
  • Typical Height: 24"
  • Light Preference: Full Sun - Part Shade
  • Soil Preference: Mesic-Wet
  • Root Structure: Fiberous
  • Stratification: Cold & Moist for 60 Days
  • Seeds per Ounce: 11,000*
  • IL County Ecotypes we Grow**
    1. Kane County
    2. LaSalle County
    3. McHenry County
    4. Ogle County


Other scientific names used for this species:

  • None


Other common names used for this species:

  • None


*Approximate, actual number of seeds may vary slightly by seed lot.

**We have listed the County ecotypes that we grow for this species, this ecotype may or may not be available at the time of your order. If you prefer one of the ecotypes over another please type it into the "Additional Info Section" and we'll provide that ecotype if it's available, if it is not available we will provide one of the other ecotypes listed.

Zizia aurea - Per Ounce

  • A member of the dill family of plants (Apiaceae), the dried seed of Golden Alexanders smells faintly like dill pickles!

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