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Golden Knee | Plant Profile

Golden Knee or Goldenstar (Chysogonum virginianum) are low growing, carpeting perennials that are native to Pennsylvania woodlands. Bright yellow daisy-like flowers sit atop the foliage. The long-lived blooms may bloom from early spring to late fall in the correct conditions. In the height of summer, the flowers may die back until fall. The bright green leaves compliment the yellow flowers well, creating a beautiful summer groundcover.

Golden Knee prefers acidic, medium moisture, well drained soils in part shade to full shade.

Golden Knee make beautiful groundcover for shaded or wooded areas. They can make attractive edging for paths through tree or woods. With enough shade, they can become accent pieces near structures.


Golden Knee Characteristics

Golden Knee are attractive groundcover perennials with profuse and long-lived blooms. They prefer consistently moist, acidic, and fertile soils. Shade can be heavy, but sun dappled or a few hours of sun is appreciated. They can survive in full sun if soils are consistently moist and never let to dry out. They spread by reaching "arms" that occasionally root as they touch the ground. Golden Knee can also self-seed to propagate. To keep the plants looking tidy, deadhead spent flowers by removing the stems.

Golden Knee are hardy groundcovers with little susceptibility to serious insect or disease problems. Some mildews may appear in damp areas with poor air circulation.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 - 9
.50 - 1.00'
.75 - 1.50'
Bloom Time
May - October
Medium - Wet
Part Shade - Full Shade
Deer Resistant?