Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)
Apiaceae or Celery Family
Small erect plant, with tiny, yellow, 5-petalled
flowers in dense, flat-topped clusters. Stem leaves mostly divided into 3toothed, lance-shaped
leaflets, while basal leaves are divided into even more leaflets. Blooms in
late spring in open woods and on woodland edges.
Common on western slope of the Park.
Heart-leaved Alexanders (Z. aptera) is very similar, but the basal leaves are heart-shaped instead of divided into muliple leafleats. Yellow pimpernel blooms in the same area about the same time. It has
flowers in much more open clusters and untoothed leaflets.