These tough, showy, little-known perennials native to the northeastern U.S. deserve wider use. They tolerate heat, drought, humidity, and poor soil and have no serious pests. Daisylike yellow blooms decorate the plants for many weeks in late summer and fall. Give them good drainage and plenty of sun. Dig and divide crowded clumps in early spring. Resist deer.
- Grows to about 1 feet high, 1 feet wide.
- Small (34 inches.) flowers appear on branched stems above a rosette of broadly linear leaves to 312 inches long.
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- Grows to 2 feet or possibly 3 feet high, 112 feet wide, with large (9 inches.) basal leaves, smaller stem leaves, and tight clusters of 112 inches flowers.
- Taller than Chrysopsis mariana (to 45 feet tall, 2 feet wide), with smaller, more scattered flowers.
- Blooms for a long time; excellent cut flower.
- Good to combine with ironweed, fall asters, and blue salvia.
- Golden Sunshine is a compact form to about 3 feet tall, with large (2 inches.) golden flowers.