If you are looking for an easy wildflower to grow for wildlife, Golden Groundsel, Packera aurea, seems to fit the bill. We squirrels recently came upon a hardy patch on a new trail.
Once Miz Flora looked it up, we learned that Golden Groundsel, Packera aurea, also known as Golden Ragwort, will grow in sun, shade and part shade, and blooms from March to August.
The yellow ray flowers are just like those zinnias and sunflowers you humans like to plants–and guess what?
Bees like them, too!
Remember we’ve talked about the efficiency of visiting one flower that is made up of many flowers? Golden Groundsel is in the aster family and forms those compound flowers that native bees like. As a bonus, you’ll be happy to know Hickory got dive-bombed by a goldfinch when he pulled down a seed head to taste the seeds. The bird wanted first dibs at those!
And we were just visitors in their woods, after all…