Chrysogonum virginianum 'Allen Bush' - Golden star or green and gold

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Golden star or green and gold
Chrysogonum virginianum 'Allen Bush'

Chrysogonum ‘Allen Bush has a more compact habit and more flowers than the species. Light green, triangular leaves are the perfect backdrop for the star-shaped, golden flowers. It blooms abundantly in the spring and fall and sporadically through the heat of summer. This is a great groundcover for woodland gardens, edging along paths and shady perennial borders.

North Creek Unique™ - This unique assortment has been discovered or introduced to the trade and shared with the world by North Creek Nursery. 

BENEFITS
  • More compact plant than the species and also produces more flowers
  • Flower heavily in spring and sporadically the rest of the season
  • Tolerates deer and heavy shade
  • Well-behaved groundcover for shady sites
  • Wrens, Juncos and Robins use groundcover areas to find food, safety, and nesting materials
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Native in woodlands from Pennsylvania and Ohio down to Georgia.

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

INTERESTING FACTS

Consider replacing some of your high-maintenance turf with groundcovers. You will use less water and spend less time mowing. It’s also great for wildlife. Insects that live there attract a wide array of ground-feeding birds. 

 

GROWING TIPS

Prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils in sun-dappled part shade. spreads by rhizomes but not aggressively. Tolerant of sunny sites as long as the soil is kept moist and well-drained.

 

Mature Size: 6-12in. Tall x 9-18in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Full Shade

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    A Special Note About Exposure

    Full sun: Prefers six or more hours of direct sunshine a day
    Partial shade: Thrives in three to six hours of daily sunshine
    Shade: Generally does well with less than three hours of sun per day. Having said that even shade loving plants will struggle in extremely deep shade.

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