Golden ragwort (Packera aurea)

Golden ragwortGolden ragwort (Packera aurea) blooms prolifically during spring and early summer in moist places throughout central and eastern North America.

The basal leaves in spring . . .

Golden ragwort, , ,  become more numerous . . .

Golden ragwort. . .  and then grow larger, with prominent toothy margins, in the summer.

Golden ragwort

Watch this video of one year in the life of Golden ragwort (Packera aurea) to observe its two strikingly different types of leaves growing on the same plant, to see close views of its golden flowers, to discover how the leaf underside can vary in color from plant to plant, and to learn some cool botanical terms like “achene” and “pappus.”

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