Oligoneuron rigidum (Solidago rigida)
$3.50 – $8.95
Plant these for the Monarch Butterfly!
Soil: Mesic (Medium) to Xeric(Dry)
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.
This showy flat-topped goldenrod attracts butterflies, especially Monarchs, and beneficial insects. Seeds are attractive to goldfinches and other birds. It is a good choice for upland prairie, shoreline restoration and raingardens . This plant does well on rocky and sandy sites.
Medicinal Uses: Lotion made from the flowers was once used to treat bee stings.
More Info: Goldenrod does NOT cause hay fever or allergies. It is pollinated by insects, not by the wind.
Folklore: Thomas Edison was said to have tried to make a rubber substitute from its sap.
Name: Solidago comes from the latin “solidare”, meaning “to make whole.”