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Chrysogonum virginianum var. australe (green and gold)
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Chrysogonum virginianum var. australe

green and gold

One of our favorite native groundcovers for the woodland garden. Yellow daisy-like flowers cover 6" evergreen foliage in spring. Rosettes of leaves slowly spread stoloniferously. Looks great with columbine and Virginia bluebells. This golden star is very similar to Chrysogonum virginianum 'Allen Bush', but has shorter stems and stolons that spread above ground. With a compact and low growing form, this plant has deep, shiny green foliage and golden, star shaped flowers.

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USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

green and gold Interesting Notes

Green-and-gold is a marvelous semi-evergreen perennial groundcover that enlivens the garden with delightful masses of small, daisy-like yellow flowers during spring and then sporadically throughout the summer. Chrysogonum virginianum also serves as a foundation for other plants from woodland settings to pond edges or rock gardens. It performs well in shade to part sun and well-drained soils that are acidic to neutral. As a companion, green-and-gold is quite versatile and works well with a wide array of plants including Spigelia marilandicaAquilegia canadensisCypripedium parviflorumTiarella cordifoliaGentiana clausa and Dodecatheon meadia. - Mt. Cuba Center

Chrysogonum virginianum var. australe Growing and Maintenance Tips

Full sun to part shade in consistently moist and well drained soils.

Good Substitutions

green and gold Chrysogonum virginianum 'Allen Bush'
green and gold Chrysogonum virginianum 'Superstar'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Early Spring
Early Spring

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Green Infrastructure
Native to North America
Propagation Type