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Zizia aurea - (L.)Koch.

Common Name Golden Alexanders, Golden zizia
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards There is a report that the root might be toxic[222].
Habitats Moist meadowland[200]. Dry woods and rocky outcrops[222]. Low woods in Texas[274].
Range Eastern N. America - Quebec to Saskatchewan and south to Texas and Florida..
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Zizia aurea Golden Alexanders, Golden zizia


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Zizia aurea is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers
Edible Uses:

The flowers, with the main stem removed, are a welcome addition to a tossed green salad. They are also a delicious cooked vegetable when used in a similar manner to broccoli[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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Febrifuge  Hypnotic  Vulnerary

A tea made from the root is febrifuge[222, 257]. The root is also believed to be vulnerary and hypnotic[222].

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FOOD FOREST PLANTS

Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Food Forest

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Cultivation details

Requires a moist soil and a position in full sun[200]. Suitable for the wild garden and other informal plantings as well as collections of native wild flowers[200]. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. An evergreen. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but it is probably best sown in spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Zizia apteraMeadow zizia, Golden alexandersPerennial0.6 4-8 FLMHSNDM012

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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