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Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod)

Gray Goldenrod, Prairie Goldenrod, Oldfield Goldenrod, Grayleaf Goldenrod, Gray-leaved Goldenrod, Dyersweed Goldenrod, Dwarf Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod


One of the smallest goldenrods, Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod) is a rhizomatous perennial forming a clump of upright, gray-downy stems clad with alternate, narrow lanceolate, gray green leaves, 4 in. long (10 cm). In summer to early fall, it bears one-sided, bright yellow flower plumes, 4-10 in. long (10-25 cm), on the upper side of gracefully arching stalks, giving the plant a vase-shaped appearance. Attractive to birds, bees and butterflies, Gray 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 or cottage garden. Great as a cut flower.

  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall and wide (45-60 cm). Will spread by creeping rhizomes and self-seeding.
  • Performs best in full sun or light shade, in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. It is not fussy about soils and tolerates dry soils and poor soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • A beautiful plant for cottage gardens, rock gardens, wild gardens or wildflower meadows.
  • Attractive to birds and butterflies, it is deer resistant.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for rust, anthracnose, powdery mildew and leaf spot.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to avoid self-seeding.
  • Propagate by seed or division.
  • Native to North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Solidago - Goldenrods
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Solidago - Goldenrods
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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