Oligoneuron rigidum (Solidago rigida)
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 1-5 feet
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Season: July – October
Suggested Uses: Stiff Goldenrod is a showy flat-topped goldenrod that attracts butterflies, especially monarchs, and beneficial insects. Seeds are attractive to goldfinches and other birds. It is a great choice for upland prairies, shoreline restorations, and edges of rain gardens. This plant does well on rocky and sandy sites as well as heavy clay. Goldenrods are not wind-pollinated and therefore do not cause standard hay fever or allergies. Deer resistant.
Native Range: Native throughout the U.S. except the West Coast. Most common in the Midwest and Great Plains.
Pollinators: Bees, butterflies, moths. Stiff Goldenrod is a very important nectar source for adult monarch butterflies.
Flowers: The flower heads form a large round or flat cluster at the top of the plant. The flower heads are abut 1/3″ with 7-10 ray flowers and 20-30 disk flowers.
Leaves: The clasping, alternate leaves are ovate, rigid and rough. The basal leaves have long, rough stalks.
More information: USDA plant profile