Golden ragwort is a fantastic groundcover for shady areas with nutrient-rich soil. A colony of plants will produce a burst of bright yellow flowers about two feet tall. They can be trimmed back after flowering, if necessary, and mounds of round, evergreen foliage will remain. The dense foliage is pretty good at preventing weeds from invading. In sunnier sites, golden ragwort will likely need some extra moisture, but it is fairly drought tolerant when it has some protection from hot afternoon sun.
Formerly known as Senecio aureus.
Uses: Rain gardens, bees, evergreen, groundcover
Bloom time: April - May
Height: 12 to 24 inches
Space: 16 to 24 inches
Sun: Half sun to full shade
Moisture: Average to moist
Seed: We now sow the seed immediately after we've harvested and cleaned it in June, and it usually germinates within a week or two. Consistent moisture and indirect sunlight are important. This ensures we'll have mature plants to sell the next season. If June isn't an option, cold moist stratification for at least 3 weeks will help ensure germination.
- ~200 seeds per packet
- 70,000 seeds per ounce
- 1 ounce per 2,000 square feet