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Solidago spp.


It's time to debunk a garden myth: Goldenrod does not aggravate allergies! The pollen is too heavy to fly in the wind and instead sticks to the legs of the insects and butterflies that feed on its nectar.

It's one of the most glorious flowers of late summer and early autumn, with the wild type blanketing ditches and other open, moist sunny places. In your own garden, choose the hybridized types that are shorter, longer-blooming, and don't spread out of control. Divide or take cuttings of these to increase your supply; seed will not come true.

Sun,Part Sun,Shade
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
2 inches-6 feet tall
Plant Width:
8 inches-3 feet wide
Flower Color:
Yellow flowers
Bloom Time:
Blooms in summer and fall, depending on variety
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Fall Color,Cut Flowers,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Tolerates Wet Soil,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Solidago 'Goldenmosa') bears plenty of foot-long sprays of golden yellow flowers atop leafy stems. This hybrid grows 30 inches tall and is hardy in Zones 4-9.
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Plant It With

The beautiful violet daisies of Hella Lacy aster contrast well with bright yellow hybrid goldenrods in early fall in full sun.

Russian sage

The lavender blue-flowered wands of Russian sage are fine contrasting accompaniments for hybrid goldenrods in sunny gardens.


Bronze-red helenium flowers contrast in form and complement in color against bright yellow hybrid goldenrods in late summer and fall.

Stem Cuttings