Common Name: Golden Alexanders
Zizia aurea is a herbaceous perennial lant producing a basal cluster of leaves and a central flowering stem up to 90cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
Eastern N. America - Saskatchewan to Ontatio and Nova Scotia, south to Texas and Florida..
]. Dry woods and rocky outcrops[
]. Moist black soil prairies, openings in moist to mesic woodlands, savannahs, thickets, limestone glades and bluffs, power line clearings in woodland areas, and abandoned fields[
Requires a moist soil and a position in full sun[
]. The plant prefers wet sites, but is very tolerant of dry conditions in the summer[
Suitable for the wild garden and other informal plantings as well as collections of native wild flowers[
The flowers, with the main stem removed, are a welcome addition to a tossed green salad. They are also a delicious cooked vegetable when used in a similar manner to broccoli[
A tea made from the root is febrifuge[
]. The root is also believed to be vulnerary and hypnotic[
The plant is used in homeopathy to treat conditions such as hysteria, epilepsy, chorea, hypochondriasis[
Seed - it germinates well if given 90 days moist, cold stratification at 4°c prior to sowing in the spring. The resulting seedlings can be transplanted into containers by midsummer; and plants will be at flowering size by the following