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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Plant of the Week: Golden Alexanders
Golden alexanders, found in sunny locations throughout the Nature Boardwalk site, is a native perennial prevalent in damp woods and meadows, thickets, glades and prairies. It features flat-topped clusters of tiny yellow flowers bunched atop stems. Both basal (base of the stem) and stem leaves are compound biternate (divided in three) with toothed leaflets. Golden alexanders is a food plant for the larvae of the Illinois woodland swallowtail butterfly and provides nectar to many beneficial insects.
Common Name: golden alexanders
Scientific Name: Zizea aurea
Native Status: Eastern Canada to southern United States
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Height: 1.5 – 3 feet
Flowering Time: May – June
Flower Color: Yellow
Interest: Late spring, early summer showy flowers; makes good cut flower; attracts butterflies
Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
By transforming the South Pond into Nature Boardwalk, Lincoln Park Zoo has created an urban ecosystem in the heart of the city. Enjoy a virtual view as native plants and animals establish themselves in this rare refuge.
As Lincoln Park Zoo’s director of horticulture, Brian oversees the zoo’s gardens, from bud to bloom.
As coordinator of wildlife management, Mason chronicles the bugs, birds, fish, insects, mammals and more that make their homes at Nature Boardwalk.
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