Solidago nemoralis - Old Field Goldenrod
Old Field Goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis) is a clump-forming, slender stemmed perennial. Its stems and coarsely-toothed leaves are covered in hairs, and it tends to arch out and downward. The terminal, one-sided, flowerheads are densely packed with small yellow flowers clustered at the apex of stems. The fuzzy grayish hairs give the plant its common name, and it is great for planting in a difficult location where little else will grow.
Soil Moisture: Dry
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Height: 2' - 3'
Spread: 1' - 2'
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: August, September
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators
Solidago is a genus of 120 species of perennial flowering plants that are commonly referred to as Goldenrod. They are distinguishable by their small, bright yellow flowers that form in dense clusters on top of tall stems from late summer through early fall. They are mostly native to the Americas with some species native to Eurasia. Solidago comes from the Latin word "Solidus" which means "to make whole," and this references the plant's healing properties as Native Americans used Goldenrod for medicinal purposes. Some species produce large quantities of nectar when there is plenty of moisture, or when the weather is warm, which attracts bees, wasps, and butterflies.
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