Published on March 16, 2012 by Amy
Hundreds of small deep gold flowers with brown centers bloom for almost three months. This plant is very resistant to drought, heat and pests. Butterflies and other pollinators like the nectar and songbirds eat the seed, which forms as flowers age.
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Loaded with flowers for three months
Great nectar source for butterflies and other pollinators
Produces lots of seeds for songbirds
Easy to grow and tolerant of a wide range of conditions
Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips
This plant is easy to grow in average, moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Will grow in light shade, but may need support if grown in too much shade. Tolerates heat, some drought and wide range of soils. Remove spent flowers to encourage additional bloom and/or to prevent any unwanted self-seeding. Leave old flowers on the plant if you want to feed the birds. These plants freely self-seed and will usually remain in the garden and naturalize.
Moist meadows and open woodland; Connecticut to Michigan and Nebraska south to Texas and Florida.
In new housing developments, trees and shrubs used by birds for nesting, perching and escaping predators may be in short supply. Evergreens offer valuable year-round cover from the weather and predators in addition to secluded nesting sites.