Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
1-3 feet H
6-9 rays per small yellow flower, flowers arranged into small clusters of which there are many along the stem.
Bloom Time Notes:
Simple, alternate, nearly glabrous, lower leaves larger and lance shaped.
Used by long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, beetles, and butterflies. The caterpillars of many moths feed on the foliage.
Roadsides, old fields, grassy balds.
Sun or Shade:
Slender Goldenrod (Solidago erecta) is a smooth-stemmed, clumping goldenrod with one or more blooming stems branching from a single stalk. Foliage and stem may be burgundy colored, especially in late fall.
This handsome perennial pairs well with other fall blooming flowers like blazing stars (Liatris pilosa, for example) and native grasses.
Contrary to popular belief, goldenrod is not a source of fall allergies because its pollen is not light enough to be transported on the wind. Goldenrods are insect pollinated and highly sought after by native bees and butterflies for pollen and nectar. Fall allergies are associated with wind-pollinated plants such as ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia), an annual plant with greenish flowers that is often unnoticed.
Other Common Names: Showy Goldenrod, Wand Goldenrod
Other Scientific Names: Solidago speciosa var. erecta