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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. 


 

Benefits

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.


Height
3-6 Inches

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Spread
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)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Shade
Soil
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
Uses
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