Common name: Goldenstar

Botanical name (genus and species): Chrysogonum virginianum

Plant family: Asteraceae

Plant Description

  • Plant size: 6 to 12 inches tall
  • Plant Life cycle: Perennial
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Plant Type: Semi-evergreen
  • Bloom color: Yellow
  • Bloom time: Spring to Summer
  • Seasonal interest: Spring, Summer, Winter
  • Preferred Sunlight: Part Shade to Full Shade
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, Moist
  • Watering Needs: Regular watering, especially during dry spells

Goldenstar, scientifically known as Chrysogonum virginianum, is a delightful native perennial that adds a touch of brightness to Maryland gardens Spring through Summer. This charming plant typically grows in dense, low mats, reaching heights of 6 to 12 inches. Its vibrant yellow, star-shaped flowers bloom profusely in spring and sporadically throughout the summer, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. Goldenstar thrives in partial to full shade and well-drained, moist soils, making it an excellent choice for woodland gardens or shady borders. Best of all, it is semi-evergreen and will retain some of its verdure through winter.

Common Problems

Goldenstar is generally pest and disease resistant. However, overwatering or poor drainage can lead to root rot. To prevent this, ensure the soil is well-drained and avoid excessive watering.

Care and Maintenance

Goldenstar is relatively low-maintenance but benefits from occasional watering during dry periods. Deadheading spent flowers can encourage prolonged blooming. Pruning may be necessary to control its spread or maintain a tidy appearance. Simply use a flat shovel to cut the plant back to its designated spread.

Garden Uses

Goldenstar is a beautiful addition to gardens. It is a wonderful substitute for ground covers like English Ivy and Pachysandra. Its low-growing habit also makes it an excellent ground cover between paths and walkways. Furthermore, planting bare spaces in your garden helps to suppress weeds and unwanted plants from encroaching. Additionally, its vibrant blooms attract multiple pollinators, making Goldenstar a perfect addition to naturalized and meadow-like landscapes.

Ecosystem Services

  • Pollinator Habitat
  • Shelter for Wildlife
  • Erosion Prevention

Chrysogonum virginianum plays a crucial role in the ecosystem by providing food and shelter for various wildlife species. Its nectar-rich flowers attract pollinators, supporting their populations and contributing to ecosystem health. Additionally, the dense foliage of Goldenstar offers shelter for small animals and helps to stabilize soils, preventing erosion.

Planting Suggestions

Goldenstar pairs well with other shade-loving plants such as ferns, heuchera, and Columbine. Combining it with contrasting foliage colors and textures creates visual interest and depth in the garden.

Sources References

  • University of Maryland Extension
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center