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Packera obovata (roundleaf ragwort)
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Packera obovata

roundleaf ragwort

A tough groundcover, Packera obovata is similar to its popular cousin, Packera aurea, but with a smaller round leaf and the ability to withstand drier, full-sun conditions without losing its verdant appearance! 

SIZE
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Height

10-16 Inches

Spread

12-18 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

roundleaf ragwort Interesting Notes

A tough groundcover, Packera obovata is similar to its popular cousin, Packera aurea, but with a smaller round leaf and the ability to withstand drier, full-sun conditions without losing its verdant appearance! Roundleaf ragwortl is highly-prized for its ability to quickly colonize open land and provide dense herbaceous cover in the landscape. The foliage forms a 4-6” tall mat with flower stalks reaching upwards of 10-16” tall. P. obovata is different than its cousin P. aurea by its more oval shaped basal leaves while P. aurea has a more round, heart-shape appearance. It blooms in April, typically blooming two weeks or so later than P. aurea.


For best performance, Packera obovata is easily grown in average, moist, well-drained to dry-mesic soil conditions in full sun to part shade. A more upland species, it can be found in rocky wooded hillsides, limestone ledges, stream banks, moist meadows, and open rocky glades from Ontario to Florida to Texas and along the East Coast. It prefers limestone-based soils. Trouble-free, no noticeable issues come from this plant and due to a mildly toxic compound in its foliage; this native is deer-resistant.

Packera obovata Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easily grown in average, moist, well-drained to dry-mesic soil conditions in full sun to part shade. Blooms well in shady locations. Tolerates some soil dryness. Naturalizes into large colonies in optimum growing conditions by both self-seeding and stolons. Remove flowering stems after bloom and/or dispersal of seed. Basal foliage will serve as an attractive ground cover (to 4-6" tall) throughout the growing season.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Groundcover
Groundcover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Dry
Average
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Lawn Alternative
Woodland
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative Upland (FACU)
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
For Animals
Caution: Toxic
Attributes
Native to North America
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Propagation Type
Vegetative