Golden Star

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Green and Gold Golden Star

  • Low-Growing Groundcover
  • Bright Yellow Star Shaped Flowers
  • Brown Stamens Contrast Nicely
  • Reliably Green Semi-Evergreen Foliage
  • Native Plant Means Pollinator Magnet
  • Full Sun if Consistently Moist
  • Part Shade to Full Shade Otherwise
  • Great in Rock and Woodland Gardens
  • Deer Tend to Look Elsewhere
  • Long Bloom Season

Who says groundcover isn't exciting? Not us! At least, not when Golden Star (Chrysogonum virginianum) is involved! Combining the best of perennials, natives and groundcover, this is one plant you aren't going to want to miss.

You may have heard it called Green and Gold or even Golden Knee in some regions, but rest assured it's the same plant you've come to know and love. For good reason too.

Once planted, and every spring thereafter, you'll be greeted with a flourish of dense green foliage. It does a fantastic job covering the area you decide.

Of course, that's only half the appeal. Bright yellow daisy-like flowers smother this native from May until well into October in most cases. Talk about the ground cover that keeps on giving.

This five-pointed star-shaped flower features slightly notched petals and brown stamens that contrast nicely against the sunny yellow.

Often you'll find you're low growing plant has semi-evergreen foliage in warmer climates. This means you can enjoy its delightful green leaves long past when other perennials would hang up their seasonal hats.

Not only is the long bloom season perfect for lasting garden color, it's also great news for pollinators like butterflies. They love native plants with bright blossoms!

Should a curious deer or two wander by, don't worry. They tend to leave this variety alone. Use it in parts of your garden often munched on.

Golden Star certainly deserves a spot in any pollinator garden or front perennial garden in place of less showy groundcovers. Order yours today!

How to Use Golden Star in the Landscape

Low growing plants are extremely versatile. They'll fit anywhere without covering up the perennial portrait behind.

If you live next to a wooded area, try planting around the edges of your garden as a transition from grass and planned landscape to the wilderness.

You can also plant in or near your rock gardens. Its green and gold coloring will contrast nicely with the earthy tones of natural river rock!

Plus, its deer-resistant nature means you can use it in your gardens as a border to deter their hungry gaze.

Pollinator gardens are another site you can add Golden Star. Its native status and growth habit makes it the perfect plant to use as a first-level planting.

Do you have a patch of ground around your foundation that might be better off hidden from view? No problem, this vigorously growing groundcover has got you, or your foundation, covered!

#ProPlantTips for Care

There are a couple of different ways you can go about creating the happiest and healthiest plant in this case.

It won't mind being planted in full sun, but you'll want to make sure it's consistently moist. Otherwise, the prolonged sun rays might start to bother the plant.

The best conditions to plant in is part sun or part shade and in moist well-drained soils. If your dirt happens to be rich in organic matter, that's even better!

This perennial is native to the eastern United States from Northern areas to Southern states like Florida and Louisiana, so it's no stranger to wetter living quarters.

Pruning a plant that stays so short is more of a cleaning up than a cutting back. Go ahead and remove its old foliage in the early spring.

Low maintenance, high impact. That's the best way to do gardening! Order your own Golden Star today to complete your seasonal gardening projects!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Golden Star Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Chrysogonum virginianum
Type Perennial
Mature Height 8 - 12 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Full Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No