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Zizia aptera

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zizia (ZIZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: aptera (AP-ter-uh) (Info)

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive margaran On Aug 15, 2008, margaran from (Maggie) Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant is a larval food for Black swallowtail caterpillars.

Neutral melody On Feb 12, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Usually about 2 feet tall, bearing a cluster of several leafy stems containing bright yellow flowers in compound umbels.

Usually found in moist meadows, open woods, streambanks and low ground.

This genus is named for John Ziz, who lived around the turn of the 19th century.

Positive DorothyScraggs On May 12, 2004, DorothyScraggs from Stow, MA wrote:

I love this little plant. It is non invasive, but seeds itself moderately, one or two plants a year. It is very hardy here in Massachusetts. It is a pretty plant with nice green leaves, around 8" high.Behaves itself. Green all summer. I also have, probably, an acid soil or thereabouts, and I never water it.Love it


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

La Grange, Illinois
Stow, Massachusetts
Hudson, New Hampshire
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Cullowhee, North Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee

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