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Green and gold is a small ground cover that produces an abundance of bright yellow, star-shaped flowers in spring.

  • Family (English) Aster
  • Family (botanic) Asteraceae
  • Tree or plant type Ground cover, Perennial
  • Native locale North America
  • Size range Low-growing plant (under 6 inches)
  • Light exposure Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily), Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
  • Soil preference Acid soil, Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances Occasional flooding
  • Season of interest early summer, late spring, late summer, mid spring, midsummer
  • Flower color and fragrance Yellow
  • Shape or form Creeping, Mounded
  • Growth rate Moderate

Size and Method of Spreading:

Green and gold is a low growing, four to eight inches high, ground cover that can spread out to a foot and a half wide. This ground cover is colonizing producing underground stems that spread out horizontally and shallowly, produce roots and then send up new shoots. Green and gold is not aggressive like other colonizing ground covers.

Native geographic location and habitat:

It is native to much of Eastern North America.

Leaf description:

The opposite leaves are ovate with scalloped margins.

Flower description:

The bright yellow spring and early summer flowers have five petals, giving them a star-shape. 

Fruit, cone, nut and seed descriptions:

The fruits are flattened, ribbed, one seeded fruit or achenes and not ornamentally important.

Plant Care:

Green and gold can grow in a wide range of light exposures from full sun to fairly full shade in well-drained, acidic soils. Full sun sites require consistent moisture. In hot, southern climates shaded sites are best.

Eco lacquered spider green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum ‘Eco Lacquered Spider’):

It produces long, purplish runners and deeply notched flowers.

Pierre green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum ‘Pierre’):

This cultivar has a flat growth habit and extended flowering time.


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