Zizia aptera - Heartleaf Alexander
Heartleaf Alexander (Zizia aptera) is a branching, short-lived perennial with reddish stems. Its basal leaves are heart-shaped or broadly ovate and the upper leaves are usually ternately compound. Its foliage is glossy and semi-evergreen with serrated edges. The upper stems form compound umbels of flat-topped tiny yellow flowers, and after bloom each flower is replaced by a small seed with 5 angular ribs. It is a host plant for the Black Swallowtail butterfly and an important early season nectar source for other pollinators.
Soil Moisture: Moderate, Dry
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Height: 1' - 3'
Spread: 1' - 2'
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May, June
Attracts: Butterflies, Pollinators
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