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Golden Ragwort
Packera aurea

Golden Ragwort is a rhizomatous plant that often forms colonies. It can tolerate some seasonal flooding and prefers medium to wet soils. It is more shade tolerant compared to other ragwort species and can work as a native ground cover. Its yellow flowers bloom in late spring and attract small bees.

USDA symbol: PAAU3

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height1 to 2 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun, Shade
Soil MoistureMedium, Wet
Bloom ColorYellow
Golden Ragwort (Golden Ragwort<div><em class="small">Packera aurea</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience6
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsMarch to April
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden, Restoration
Coefficient of Conservatism6
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
Rate of SpreadFast
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Big Stone, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Dakota, Fillmore, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Martin, Morrison, Murray, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pine, Pipestone, Pope, Ramsey, St. Louis, Stearns, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Washington, Wilkin, Winona, Wright
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands