Golden Alexander is a member of the carrot family and is easy to grow. Although short-lived, it will self-seed and adapt to a variety of soil and light conditions. It has persisted in the Wildflower Garden in full shade for many years but is much taller and blooms more prolifically in full sun in the Butterfly Garden. Yellow, umbel shaped flowers appear in late spring and last for several weeks. This plant is an important for the black swallowwort whose caterpillars feed on its leaves and many short –tongued pollinators that take full advantage of the nectar in the small yellow flowers.
Photo by and (c)2007 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man), GFDL 1.2 , via Wikimedia Commons