Zizia aurea (Golden Alexander) [20 Seeds]

(1 customer review)


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds only for gardeners who have experience with seeds that need a natural or artificial chilling period before germinating in warmer conditions.

The easiest approach is to plant the seeds in fall to midwinter, surface-sown or just barely covered with growing medium. Set them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after midwinter, you will need to provide an artificial chilling period of about 2 months, then gradually move the seeds to warmer conditions.

Once you get golden Alexander to flower in your garden, you’re likely to find self-sown seedlings in following years.

Note that this information will not appear on the seed packet you receive.

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Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea), also called golden zizia, is a beauty in bloom, with umbels of bright yellow blooms atop 2- to 3-foot-tall stems in late spring to early summer. Native to much of the eastern half of North America, it catches the eye of gardeners and attracts a wide variety of butterflies and other pollinators. Full sun to partial shade. Perennial; Zones 3 to 8. These seeds are from wild plants growing here at Hayefield, in Bucks County, PA.

Collected in late July 2023. At least 20 seeds. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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1 review for Zizia aurea (Golden Alexander) [20 Seeds]

  1. Stephen Jones (verified owner)

    Didn’t germinate, I expect it was my fault, I have had trouble before. Used winter sowing technique.

    I really appreciate your feedback, Stephen. I winter-sowed on December 31 and had the first seedlings germinate on April 10. It looks like you probably sowed in mid-January, which is pretty close to the same time, so that technique should have worked for you, but well, stuff happens (or doesn’t happen). I expect to harvest this year’s seeds in July and will send you a new packet so you can try again, or I’d be happy to give you a refund if you’d rather.

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