Carrot family, Apiaceae / Umbelliferae
We are growing this species from local seed sources.
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Something of a poor cousin to the more ornamental Heartleaf Alexanders (Z. aptera), this plant nevertheless is as tough and easy-to-grow and also produces an umbel of small golden flowers that bring color to the spring garden. A great choice for butterfly gardens – it serves as a host plant for the Black Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes), and the flowers provide an early nectar source for the American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis), as well as a variety of native bees.