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Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea), a member of Apiaceae (Carrot Family) is a herbaceous perennial that has yellow umbellate flowers in the spring and early summer up to July. It is reported to be deer resistant by people who have grown this plant.
More information about Golden Alexander can be found on this blog post.
Golden Alexander naturally grows in moist black soil prairies, moist to mesic woodlands, thickets, limestone glades, and abandoned fields. Golden Alexander is found in the mid-western and eastern North America.
The genus was named for the German Botanist, Johann Baptist Ziz. The species name, aurea, means “gold” in Latin as presumably refers to the color of the flowers. This plant was named the 2012 North Carolina Wildflower of the Year.