Soil: Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 6 inches – 3 feet
Blooms: August – October
Suggested Uses: Old Field Goldenrod grows well on dry, sandy and gravelly sites and is an excellent choice for upland prairie and shoreline restoration. This is one of the shortest goldenrods. Its showy, arching flower stalks add a splash of color to the landscape late in the season. It is attractive to numerous beneficial insects. It is a beautiful choice for fresh or dried flower arrangements. Goldenrods are not wind-pollinated and therefore do not cause standard hay fever or allergies.
Native Range: Native throughout the majority of the U.S. except for the West Coast. Native throughout the state of Minnesota.
Pollinators: Native bees, butterflies and moths. Host plant for several species of moths. High-value nectar source for adult monarch butterflies. Favored by Rusty Patched Bumble Bees (Bombus affinis). Goldfinches may enjoy these seeds!
Flowers: Many tiny yellow flowers grow in a spike at the top of the plant. Spikes often arch at the top.
Leaves: Long, narrow leaves with a prominent central vein. Basal leaves are wider than stem leaves. Alternate attachment.
Other Names: Gray Goldenrod
More information: USDA plant profile