Maryland Golden Aster, Chrysopsis mariana

Maryland Golden-Aster is native short lived perennial in the Asteraceae (daisy) family. It is found in dry forests, woodlands, roadsides, and open fields in the eastern USA and west to Texas.

The yellow daisy-like blooms appear in late summer to fall on 1 foot stems above a basal rosette of leaves. It grows best in sandy, medium moist, well-drained sandy soils but can be adaptable. It can spread a little fast if the soil is kept moist. In general, this plant grows at a medium to rapid growth rate. This plant is drought tolerant once established. They will reseed themselves in the garden or naturalized areas.

It flowers in the late summer well into the fall providing long-season interest and provides delicate texture with its daisy-like appearance. It attracts butterflies, bees and pollinators which keeps nature right outside your back door. This plant is great for use in a border, rock garden or meadow.

This plant was selected as the 2018 NC Wildflower of the Year,

Photo by Eleanor CC BY-NC 2.0

Sources:,, other authoritative resources and personal experience.