A perennial herb (herbacious), it can grow between six and twelve inches in height and is said to be hardy from zones 5-8. Green and Gold can be grown in full sun to partial shade, blooming from mid-spring to mid-summer. I've read some reports that it has a preference for moist soil but it does well in the clay soil here in Virginia and many native plant growers claim it isn't bothered during times of drought. The leaves of Green and Gold have a leather-like texture and will stay green all winter in mild areas, but my plant has gone dormant and is currently showing no signs of itself!
It is a clumping ground cover which can spread out to cover wide areas of ground and provide bright spring color. As the weather warms up and spring appears, it will (hopefully) start to send up runners (kind of like strawberry plants) to form new patches. I haven't read that it grows too quickly or becomes invasive so I'm not concerned about that. In fact, my one tiny plant didn't spread much at all last summer and I would really like it to! I'm hoping that by the end of this next summer it will have taken off enough that I can divide it, which can be done by separating the rootball or by dividing the rhizomes and tubers that form. I would like to plant it in more areas around the gardens but just one plant provides only a 'taste' of what I'm looking for! This is a plant I definitely want more of and may have to purchase again at this years spring native plant sale.
Be sure to join Gail at Clay and Limestone for more natives on Wildflower Wednesday.
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