Chrysogonum virginianum 'Pierre'

Pierre's Green and Gold

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Item #: 5269

Zones: 5a to 8b

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

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Chrysogonum virginianum is an eastern US native, which should be a staple in all gardens...large or small. Native in dry open shade, Chrysogonum virginianum makes a truly superb garden plant. The evergreen patches of 6" tall rosettes burst forth in spring to form 1' wide clumps of fuzzy thumb-shaped green leaves and are topped, starting in May (NC), with dozens of 1", yellow-petaled, daisy-like flowers. Chrysogonum 'Pierre' was selected as a very flat growing, long-flowering form which, in cool weather, can remain in flower through the summer (but not in the South). It was given to Pierre Bennerup, the intrepid founder of the now defunct Sunny Border Nursery, by the late John Gallagher of CT, who we think got it from the late Dr. Edgar T. Wherry.


Chrysogonum virginianum is truly a maintenance free groundcover. It can be divided and spread around the garden quite easily, and there really isn't a wrong time to dig and divide, as long as the ground isn't frozen and you can keep it irrigated during re-establishment. We have even been quite successful dividing and replanting green and gold in midsummer.

Growing Conditions:

Light open shade is best, although a few hours of morning sun will result in a more floriferous, denser plant. C. virginianum does not like overly dry soils, and the leaves will curl up to tell you that it is unhappy and needs more moisture. Consequently, soils that stay slightly moist to average are fine.

Natural Impacts:

Native bees seem to be the primary pollinator for C. virginianum.