Zizea aurea - Golden Alexander

 

The Golden Alexander (Zizea aurea) lends a jaunty touch of yellow to the late spring/early summer landscape . . . which is more usually filled with pinks, whites, and blues! The plant grows to about 2 ft., with bright green, finely sawtoothed, doubly compound leaflets.

And the tiny flowers are arranged in compound umbels — like fireworks bursts!

Dick Young., 2nd Ed., p. 109;

or 3rd edition, page 205.  Rating #7.

    Uncommon, in moist prairie and floodplains.

“A classic beauty.”

. . . “It has a pleasant odor when crushed.” . . .

“it creates a sea of shining yellow waves in June’s wet prairie pockets.”

Dave Joseph photo