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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 12 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 24 inches
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 3 months at 40 degrees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Wasps
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


Milkweed and SolidagoMilkweed and Solidago
By Catmint20906 on October 24, 2014

Native plants possess tremendous value for the backyard gardener. They add beauty, provide important habitat and food for native pollinators and other wildlife, help to preserve our natural heritage, require little maintenance once established, and serve to control soil erosion through well-adapted root systems. Current estimates indicate that, of the 20,000 plant species native to North America, almost 25 percent are at risk of becoming extinct. In this article, I will focus on two native species you might want to help preserve by planting them in your own garden: Milkweeds and Solidagos.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 8, 2014 7:50 AM

According to NPIN, Solidago caesia has special value to native and honey bees, and supports conservation biological control by attracting beneficial insects to the garden.

Solidago is also a key nectar plant for Monarchs and other butterflies.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 23, 2018 12:03 PM

This Goldenrod needs some shade and does well in dry shade. It is very informal with stems leaning out. My biggest customer has had this species in her large informal landscape for over 15 years, and it spreads around by seed and is in various areas around the yard. The deer that come through the yard don't eat it. She bought it from some specialty mail order nursery. Some native plant nurseries sell it, as Prairie Nursery in Wisconsin, where it is an endangered plant. Some conventional nurseries may also sell some, but I am not sure. It is not commonly planted around in gardens and landscapes.

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Red Oak planting by AlexInBoston Jan 26, 2020 12:57 AM 8
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