Chrysogonum virginianum var. australe (Green-and-Gold) - Quart Super Plugs

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Green-and-gold (Chrysogonum virginianum) is a common woodland plant, ranging through the mid-Atlantic piedmont and coastal plain.  Green-and-gold is a very attrative groundcover, with deep green leaves topped with cheery yellow daisy-like flowers for several weeks in late Spring.

Var. Australe comes from the Southern portion of the range, and differs in that it is more low-growing than the species and spreads by stolons similar to strawberries to cover ground more quickly.  It is our preferred variety for use as a shade groundcover, though it isn't quite as hardy as the species further North.


Green-and-gold really shines as a groundcover for medium to dry shade in slightly acidic to neutral soils.  Use as a "living mulch" under taller-growing woodland wildflowers and shrubs for a cheerful groundcover in shady spots.

Green-and-gold provides pollen and nectar for butterflies and other pollinators, though it doesn't seem to be used much as a larval food source.  Rabbits and deer don't seem to bother the clumps, though new plantings may be nibbled out of curiosity.

How to Grow Green-And-Gold

Green-and-gold is very easy to grow - Plugs planted 12 inches apart in prepared soil will form a continuous groundcover within a season or two depending on moisture and nutrient availability.  Plant green-and-gold in slightly acidic to neutral soils in partial shade - The plants grow more quickly and bloom more heavily with a few hours of morning sun.  We have used green-and-gold to good effect under taller-growing perennials in full sun, and they do well, though plants exposed to full afternoon sun will scorch and die back.

Our green-and-gold grown in Quart SuperPlugs establish very quickly and will usually spread to the full 12 inches by the second growing season.

Common Name: Green-and-Gold
Botanical Name: Chrysogonum virginianum var. australe