Golden alexander (Zizia aurea) belongs to the Apiaceae (the Carrot family). It is a perennial herb that is native to eastern North America; from New Brunswick to Saskatchewan in Canada, south to Florida and Texas in the United States. This herb grows in moist prairies, woodlands, savannas and thickets, and it can reach 40-75 cm in height. The leaves are odd-pinnate compound with 3-5 lanceolate or ovate leaflets. The tiny yellow flowes bloom in the compound umbels from May to June. The fruits are oblong capsules and ripen purple in fall.