Name: Chrysogonum virginianum ~ aka goldenstar, or green and gold
Type of Plant: Low growing perennial for part shade to full shade that flowers heavily in May and sporadically through the rest of the summer.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love Chrysogonum because it’s adaptable, and will grow in areas that flood occasionally but occasionally dry out. It forms a weed smothering mat about four inches tall. This is a plant that is perfect for under shrubs and in rain gardens. It spreads by rhizomes but isn’t overly aggressive.
A Word to the Wise: Although this plant will tolerate full sun, it isn’t for hot, sunny places that are dry. If you have a sunny area that remains moist it will do well, but it’s probably best suited for part-shade gardens.