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Packera aurea

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Senecio aureus
Phonetic Spelling
suh-NEE-see-oh ORE-ee-us
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Golden ragwort is a native perennial found in forests or natural area as a native herbaceous flowering plant.  Us it in a landscape in flower gardens or as a houseplant.   It forms thick spreading mats and in the spring it sends up stalks of bright yellow flowers that attract many pollinators.  The flowers can look unkempt after they die so cut them down to the leafy base of the plant or leave the seeds for birds..  

 

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Tags:
#native perennial#NC native#native wildflower#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#native perennial#NC native#native wildflower#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Packera
    Species:
    aurea
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern Canada and U.S.A.
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract pollinators.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    flowers yellow (rarely white or purple) in a head resembling a small sunflower; Flat-topped cluster of daisy-like flower heads; petals and disk flowers are yellow. Cut back after flowering or leave the seeds for the birds.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    leaves alternate, often lobed or divided; heart-shaped basal leaves are bluntly toothed, slender-stalked and are 2 to 4 in. long; reddish below
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Several long, thin stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Liver toxicity; skin irritation following contact.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves