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Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea (L.) Á. Löve & D. Löve)

Also classified as Senecio aureus.

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Native or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.


Prefers full sun to light shade, but tolerates fairly heavy shade. Prefers mesic to wet conditions, with greater moisture requirements in sunnier conditions. Prefers soils rich in organic matter that hold moisture well, but tolerates rocky and sandy soils with sufficient moisture. Grows well both on slopes and in flat areas.

Found in woodlands, especially open areas near water, moist fields and prairies, and wet areas on roadsides. Common and abundant in much of its range.


Widely cultivated as a groundcover. Its use has soared recently as a replacement for non-native evergreen groundcovers such as English Ivy, periwinkle, and pachysandra.

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