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Green and Gold – a Native Groundcover for Shade

Green and Gold Chrysogonum virginiana
Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginiana) is a great groundcover for shade. Mat-forming plant with long-lasting gold flowers. Trouble-free. Also known as Golden Star. You see here the variety ‘Pierre’, with acuba.

Native to the Eastern U.S.


  • Prefers partial shade and can survive full shade, with fewer blooms. In full sun, requires more moisture-retentive soil and extra watering.
  • Flowers from mid-spring to late summer or early fall, depending on temperatures.
  • Grows to 6? wide, about 1? wide.
  • Hardy in Zones 5-9.


  • Remove dead flowers to prevent seeding and to encourage possible reblooms.
  • OR, if you want it to spread, leave those dead blooms where they are and watch the plant fill in a large area.
  • If leaves turn crispy or show signs of mildew, cut them off to the base of the plant.
  • Quite drought-tolerant, especially for a plant that tolerates wet conditions, as this one does.
  • Divide in early spring, if desired to help it spread or give some away.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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