Chrysogonum virginianum - Green and Gold
Chrysogonum virginianum - Green and Gold

Chrysogonum virginianum - Green and Gold

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green and gold
Chrysogonum virginianum

Chrysogonum is a native groundcover known for both its foliage and flowers. Light green, triangular leaves are the perfect backdrop for the star-shaped, golden flowers. They bloom well above the foliage and have contrasting brown stamens. The flowers appear abundantly in the spring and fall and sporadically through the heat of summer. In northerly climates, it tends to be more upright, while in southerly climates they are often more prostrate or creeping. 


  • Beautiful groundcover for shady areas
  • Flowers for an incredibly long time
  • Lovely planted along the edge of a woodland path
  • Good for underplanting
  • Easy to grow and maintain

Native Range

Native to woodlands from New York to Louisiana and Florida

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)


The genus name is derived from the Greek "chrys" meaning "gold" and "gon" meaning "offspring", as in the flowers.



Grow in partial to dappled shade or in full sun in northern regions. Chrysogonum prefers moist soils, but will tolerate dryer conditions with protection from the sun.


Mature Size: 6-12"T x 9-18"W

Hardiness Zone: 5-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun to full shade

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