Above: Golden Alexander in woods between Marion Dunn and Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin. (5/21/19).
Golden Alexander - Zizia aurea
Golden Alexander is a native plant in the carrot family (Apiaceae). It blooms from May to June.
Golden Alexander is sometimes confused with Wild Parsnip that can cause severe rashes, blisters, and discoloration of the skin.
Golden Alexander leaves have small teeth along the edge and an overall palm-shaped or maple-leaf outline. Wild Parsnip leaves are oval to oblong, feather-shaped, with many large-toothed leaflets growing from a central vein.
Apiaceae or Umbelliferae is a family of mostly aromatic flowering plants named after the type genus Apium and commonly known as the celery, carrot or parsley family, or simply as umbellifers.
Other names include: Common Golden Alexanders, Golden Alexanders, Golden Zizi.
Above: Above: Golden Alexander in woods between Marion Dunn and Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on May 24, 2019.
For more information on the Golden Alexander, visit Wikipedia.
Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Golden Alexander.
Above: Golden Alexander in woods between Marion Dunn and Oak Savanna on May 21, 2019.
Above: Golden Alexander on May 25, 2019.
Above: Golden Alexander in Oak Savanna on May 26, 2019.
Above: Golden Alexander in woods between Marion Dunn and Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on June 3, 2019.
Above: Zizia aurea specimen collected on June 2, 1958 in Green County along railroad tracks.
Above: Zizia aurea illustration circa 1913.