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Golden Palms Butterbur*

Petasites palmatus 'Golden Palms'

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Golden Palms Butterbur (Petasites palmatus 'Golden Palms') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Golden Palms Butterbur foliage

Golden Palms Butterbur foliage

(Photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Golden Coltsfoot

Ornamental Features

Golden Palms Butterbur's attractive enormous deeply cut lobed leaves remain gold in color throughout the season. It features bold spikes of shell pink flowers rising above the foliage in early spring before the leaves. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Palms Butterbur is an herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Invasive

Golden Palms Butterbur is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Golden Palms Butterbur will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Bog 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.