Packera aurea (L.) A.Löve & D.Löve
Family: Asteraceae
golden ragwort, heart-leaved groundsel
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Etymology: Packera: after John G. Packer, a Canadian biosystematist
Plants: erect, perennial, 6"-36" tall forb with branched or creeping rhizomes
Leaves: basal leaves long-stalked with a heart-shaped base, less than 1 1/2 times as long as wide; upper getting smaller, never clasping, often pinnately-lobed
Flowers: head 1/2"-1 1/3" wide with 10-13 yellow rays more than 1/4" long, bracts (phyllaries) with purple tips; inflorescence a cluster of several to many heads; blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: wet, moist; woods, forests, meadows, streambanks
Conservation Status: Native