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Chrysogonum virginianum ‘Allen Bush’

Green and gold

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusChrysogonumProbably means roughly “golden star”
Speciesvirginianum“Of or from Virginia”
Cultivar‘Allen Bush’For botanist Allen Bush

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This is a cultivar of golden star. The natural species is a North American native. It is a low ground cover with showy flowers.

Identification: Plants are less than 8" (20 cm) in height (more compact than the native species), spreading via underground stolons to form mats. Leaves are hairy, alternate, roughly egg-shaped (elliptic-ovate to deltate-ovate), ⅞-4" (2.5-10 cm) long, with crenate margins. Flowers are composite flowers—composed of a central yellow circle of 25-50 disc florets surrounded by 5 yellow ray flowers. This cultivar has many more flowers than the native species. They bloom from March to June.

Online References:

Chrysogonum virginianum on Discover Life

Chrysogonum virginianum on www.jeffpippen.com

Chrysogonum virginianum ‘Allen Bush’ on www.scottarboretum.org

Chrysogonum virginianum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Chrysogonum virginianum ‘Allen Bush’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Chrysogonum virginianum (green and gold)

6/17/2012 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine
≈ 11 × 9" (28 × 23 cm)

Range: Zones 5a-8b:

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