Green and Gold is a rhizomatous, low-growing perennial. It forms an easily-controlled foliage mat 1-2" tall while spreading to 18" wide. It is native to woodland areas from Pennsylvania to Florida and Louisiana. It can be grown from seed and may self-seed in the garden.
Also known as
golden-knee, green and gold and goldenstar
How to care for Golden-Knee
How often to water your Golden-Knee
Golden-Knee needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Golden-Knee in your home
Golden-Knee may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Boston, Massachusetts ⛅.
How to fertilize Golden-Knee
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Golden-Knee after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Golden-Knee is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!
Golden-Knee prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Golden-Knee may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.
If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.
Golden-Knee does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Golden-Knee should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
Golden-Knee grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Golden-Knee can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Golden-Knee can be propagated by division into new individual plants.
- Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
- If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
- Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
- Repot the parent plant back into its original pot
Care Summary for Golden-Knee
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 3ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Boston, Massachusetts, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.