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Golden alexanders are a favorite for early pollinators and a host plant for several swallowtail butterflies.  It tolerates a variety of soils, does well in sun or part shade but likes it a bit moist. Has evergreen foliage.  Zizia will freely self-sow but you can cut back the seed heads in summer to control the spread. May not flower in first season. There may be a few blooms in winter. 
Direct sow in fall or cold stratify for 2-3 months and then direct sow on soil surface.

Zizia aurea, Golden Alexanders

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