Packera aurea  (Senecio aureus) golden ragwort Asteraceae SEAU; Q;


Packera aurea,© Copyright Steve Baskauf,

Packera aurea,© Copyright Steve Baskauf,

Packera aurea is a perennial herb 30-80 cm tall, colonial from leafy stolons or rhizomes 3-15 cm long. 

Leaves alternate, basal leaves long-stalked, blade mostly broadly heart-shaped, to 11 cm long and wide, tips rounded, margin blunt-toothed, often dark purplish on underside, stem leaves much reduced, pinnately divided, upper leaves stalkless. 

Flowers yellow, 0.6-ray flowers 1.3 cm long, disk 0.5-1.2 cm wide, bracteate base of head 0.5-0.8 cm high, bracts often purple-tipped; blooming April-June (Hough 1983). 

Fruit dry, 1-seeded, achenes with white bristles.

Wetland status: FACW.

 Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: native. 

Habitat: Rich, moist woods often on calcareous soils pH 4.5-8.5, tolerant of shade, intolerant of drought (USDA, NRCS 2006+).