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Packera obovata

Golden groundsel, Roundleaf groundsel, Roundleaf ragwort, Squawweed

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Packera obovata (Golden groundsel)
Marcus, Joseph A.
Golden Groundsel is a rosette-forming perennial with several runner-like stolons terminated by similar rosettes. Slender flowering stems rise to 1 1/2 ft. above the rosettes of oval leaves. Flower clusters are few- to many-headed; the yellow flowers heads occuring on slender pedicels.

Golden Groundsel brings color to shaded spots in the landscape. Once established, it colonizes quickly and creates an effective, evergreen ground cover. It is often one of the earliest bloomers of the year.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Evergreen , Semi-evergreen
Inflorescence: Head
Size Notes: 1-2 feet.
Flower: Flowers 3/4 inch wide
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Blooms February to April in southerly regions, April to June in the north.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MA , MI , MS , MO , NH , NJ , NM , NY , NC , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VT , VA , WV , DC
Canada: ON , QC
Native Distribution: Quebec and Ontario south through the eastern US to Coahuila; rare northward, common southward.
Native Habitat: Calcareous rocks, slopes & rich, wooded banks. Usually in limestone soil. Moist, well-drained loam, clay.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low , Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained, humus-rich, preferably calcareous soils. Loam or clay.


Use Ornamental: A good herb-layer groundcover for limestone woodlands in eastern North America. Creates a yellow glow in spring when planted en masse.
Use Wildlife: Flowers attract bees and butterflies.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: High

Last Update: 2013-09-09