Zizia aurea, Golden Alexander
|Golden Alexander flowers|
Golden Alexander, Zizia aurea, is a common late spring sight across Minnesota. These can be confused with other yellow-flowering species of similar form, some weeds, others not. Another species, Zizia aptera, Heart-leaved Alexander, is quite similar but for differences in leaf appearance and its greater tolerance for drier soils. This plant's flower is an important early season food.
Blooms: yellow, May into June
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Conditions: sun to pt sun, moist to medium soils