A new friend recently gave me a few of these plants from her property. Packera obovata is a native plant that does well in shade to partly sunny areas. The plants spread to form a thick green ground cover from which the bright yellow flowers stand out. The photos here show my starter colony under the shade of a dogwood tree. The lower photo shows a colony already established. The link below from Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center lists even more benefits such as being a nectar source for native bees and butterflies and the fact that this plant is deer resistant.
This plant will be offered at the Native Plant Sale at Althouse Arboretum on Saturday, May 21, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Please come out and support the Althouse Arboretum and the wonderful work of Green Allies! The Althouse Arboretum address is 1794 Gilbertsville Road, Pottstown, PA 19464.
Golden Groundsel: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=PAOB6
Note: This plant will also be offered in 2017 at our native plant sale the day before Mother’s Day!
Paula Ziegler is a local resident who has a concern for the fate of bees, butterflies, and all wildlife which inspire her to find solutions to creating wildlife habitat gardens that fit into the look of the neighborhood. Her hope is that you enjoy her blogs and perhaps start a wildlife garden of your own! Learn more about Paula at https://www.facebook.com/paulayourgardenkeeper