Packera aurea - Golden Groundsel

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Deer ResistantRain GardenPart Shade
Golden Groundsel
Packera aurea

Thick, rounded, semi-evergreen foliage forms a dense, spreading basal mound that gives rise to stems of profuse yellow daisies from late April through June. Vigorous and tough, it will provide cover for many woodland critters, forms a superb groundcover and thrives in shady, moist areas. Important nectar and pollen source for native bees.

  • Thrives in shady, moist areas
  • Semi-evergreen foliage offers wildlife cover
  • Superb, easy care groundcover
  • Incredibly showy spring bloom
  • Deer resistant
  • Vigorous growth allows for great erosion control
  • Native bees love the nectar and the pollen

Native Range

Moist, low, shaded ground from Maine south to Florida and west to Texas and Minnesota.

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

Interesting Facts


Rain gardens are a useful way for homeowners as well as businesses to reduce runoff. Water is captured by a rain garden's appropriate native plants giving it a chance to slowly filter into the ground reducing erosion and waterway pollution.




Prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil in part to full shade. More sun requires more moisture. Excellent for native and wild gardens as well as color for shady wooded areas.


Mature Size: 6-12in. Tall x 18-24in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Partial to Full Shade

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