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Solidago caesia (Wreath Goldenrod)

Wreath Goldenrod, Blue-stemmed Goldenrod, Bluestem Goldenrod, Solidago axillaris, Solidago caesia var. axillaris, Solidago caesia var. caesia


Shade-tolerant, Solidago caesia (Wreath Goldenrod) is a herbaceous perennial wildflower forming a clump of arching, blue-green stems clad with lance-shaped, toothed, medium to dark green leaves, 2-5 in. long (5-12 cm). Blooming for about one month in late summer to fall, the plant bears loose clusters of 1-12 tiny, bright yellow flowers in the leaf axils along the length of the stems, as well as a large terminal cluster. Attractive to birds, butterflies, hummingbirds and a wide variety of insects, especially short-tongued bees, wasps, and flies, Wreath Goldenrod provides a bold splash of color in the late season garden. Easy to grow, low care and trouble free, this goldenrod species is less aggressive than the tall goldenrods. It is a good choice for a wildflower meadow, cottage garden or an open woodland garden.

  • Grows up to 18-36 in. tall and wide (45-90 cm). Will occasionally form small colonies from underground rhizomes or self-seeding.
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Preference is medium shade to partial sun, mesic to dry-mesic conditions. It is not fussy about soils and tolerates dry soils, poor soils and clay. Drought tolerant once established.
  • A beautiful plant for beds and borders, cottage gardens, wild gardens, wildflower meadows or butterfly gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to central and eastern North America from Quebec and Ontario to Florida and Texas.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Solidago - Goldenrods
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 18" – 36" (45cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Solidago - Goldenrods
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 18" – 36" (45cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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