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Chrysogonum virginianum

Green and Gold / Goldenstar

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Chrysogonum is a native groundcover known for both it's 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 sporatically through the heat of summer. In northerly climates it tends to be more upright, while in southerly climates they are oftern more prostrate or creeping. 



  • Beautiful groundcover for shady areas
  • Flowers for an incredibly long time
  • May be used in a rain garden, it will naturalize
  • Lovely planted along the edge of a woodland path
  • Good for underplanting
  • Easy to grow and maintain

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

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.

3-6 Inches


18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-10

Native Range

Native to woodlands from New York to Louisiana and Florida

Distribution Maps by State and County

Native Trivia

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

"Groundcovers stabilizes soils and provide cover for insects that feed small mammals, reptiles and birds."

Good Companions
Wild Pinks or Catchfly (Silene caroliniana), Creek sedge (Carex amphibola)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Perennials
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Forest
Foliage Color
  • Green
  • Ground cover
  • Mass plant
  • Naturalizes
Native to
  • Alabama
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia