Packera aurea – Golden Groundsel
A dream plant for tough spots in shade
Here’s a jewel for your toughest dry shade spots, a fast spreading Missouri native, Golden Groundsel, Packera aurea. It grabs all eyes twice in spring, first with its thousands of brilliant yellow blossoms that last a long time, next with its iridescent white seed heads. A very strong bloomer. But its real value is its indestructible evergreen foliage that will grow just about any where. Other big pluses: it won’t climb trees, is easy to remove if it gets unruly; about as close to carefree as it gets–no watering needed once established!; deer and rabbits won’t touch it. Plants bloom over a long period in spring then are taken over by its fluffy white seed heads. This incredible display earned it another common name Old Man’s Beard.
Use Golden Groundsel in shade to part shade areas. Its evergreen foliage makes it an excellent groundcover. Being easy, its ideal for slopes, other hard to reach places, or any place you don’t want to drag the hose and mower. Use it in rain gardens, naturalized areas, pollinator and native gardens. Great early food source for pollinators and its foliage is browsed by Gem moth caterpillars.
An easy to grow perennial in shade to part shade. Keep well watered until established, when plants are setting up buds and blooming, and during dry spells.