Zizia aptera, Heart-leaved Alexander

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Heart-leaved Alexander is the cousin to Golden Alexander. The leading difference among the two is the shape of basal and lower leaves, where Heart-leaved has, you guessed it, heart-shaped leaves. Some say -and I am inclined to agree, that Zizia aptera is more attractive, overall, due to its dark green, heart-shaped leaves. Although both species occupy much of the same territory across Minnesota, Heart-leaved Alexander is both more tolerant of drier soils and, as you might expect, has populations a bit higher in the drier center west and southwestern counties.

Blooms: yellow, May into June

Height: 16 to 32 inches

Conditions: sun to pt sun, moist-medium to medium-dry soils