What plant is that?

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Golden Alexanders plantGolden Alexanders flower stalk
Golden Alexanders flower headGolden Alexanders flowers

Upper photos:  © 2018 Donald Cameron
Lower photos: © Francis R. Underwood 2018

September’s mystery plant is a perennial with alternate, compound leaves meaning each leaf has 2 or more distinct leaflets. The leaflets are ovate and finely serrate.  The 5-petaled yellow flowers are borne in umbels and the petals are reflexed. This plant grows 1 to 2½ feet tall, and begins to bloom in spring and continues through July to early August.  It grows on flood plains, wet woods and moist fields.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
Zizia aurea
Common Name:
  Golden Alexanders
  Apiaceae (Carrot Family)
  Floodplains, moist meadows

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