|Common name:||Golden Alexanders||Family:||Umbelliferae|
|Known Hazards:||There is a report that the root might be toxic
|Range:||Eastern N. America – Quebec to Saskatchewan and south to Texas and Florida..|
|Edibility Rating (1-5):||2||Medicinal Rating (1-5):||1|
|Other Common Names:||From various places around the Web, may not be correct. See below.|
|Epithets:||From a Dictionary of Botanical Epithets|
|aurea = golden;|
|Systematics:||From a UDSA Plants Database|
|Order: Apiales. Renamed to Apiaceae — Carrot family|
Perennial growing to 0.75m. It is hardy to zone 3. It is in flower from May to June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile. We rate it 2/5 for edibility and 1/5 for medicinal use.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires moist soil.
Habitats and Possible Locations
Woodland, Sunny Edge.
The flowers, with the main stem removed, are a welcome addition to a tossed green salad. They are also a delicious cooked vegetable when used in a similar manner to broccoli
Febrifuge; Hypnotic; Vulnerary.
A tea made from the root is febrifuge
Requires a moist soil and a position in full sun
Seed – we have no information for this species but it is probably best sown in spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.