|Monday Melange: Green-and-Gold|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Monday, 01 April 2013|
Green-and-gold (Chrysogonum virginianum ) is a groundcover native to the eastern US. Ranging from New York state south to Florida and across to Louisiana. It is a member of the Aster plant family (Asteraceae) and is hardy between USDA zones 5 and 9.
Green-and-gold is also known as golden knee and more commonly as Goldenstar, because of its bright yellow flowers that bloom primarily in May and June. Quite often, there may be early bird flowers and stragglers, which make this a pretty groundcover that flowers throughout the growing season. Itís perfect for shady woodland gardens, rock gardens in part to full shade and for edges and borders.
Native to woodlands, green-and-gold is a low maintenance plant that naturalizes easily. It spreads by rhizomes (itís easy to pull out if it starts growing where you donít want it to grow) and does nicely in medium to wet soils that are well drained. Itís also grown from seed and will re-seed in the garden as well. The height of green-and-gold is variable and depends on the cultivar, but is generally 6 to 12 inches. The foliage forms a 6-inch high mat and when the plant blooms, the flowering stems usually add another 6 inches to the plantís height.
Gold and green is listed as endangered in Kentucky and Pennsylvania and threatened in Ohio and Tennessee.
Photo source: www.senecahillperennials.com