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Goldenrod

Solidago nemoralis

This is one of the smallest species of goldenrod, topping out at only 4 to 6 inches high in poor soils, and 2 feet high in fertile soils. It is considered a garden-worthy species, with gray-green leaves that form clumps and languid, one-sided yellow plumes. It is tolerant of both sandy and clay soils.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSolidago reliably provides end-of-season color in blazing shades of yellow to the wild garden or naturalistic plantings. 

CareGrow in lean to moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Deadhead to prevent prolific self-seeding.

PropagationDivide in spring or fall.

ProblemsSpot anthracnose, powdery mildew, rust, fungal spots.

  • Genus : Solidago
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Fall
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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