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Solidago - Goldenrods

Solidago, commonly known as Goldenrod, belongs to the Asteraceae family, which also includes yarrows, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers. These showy upright perennials with their soft golden plumes of flowers are vital ingredients of late summer and fall borders, cottage gardens, prairies or meadows where they add color, texture and their sparkles! Goldenrods are tough plants that thrive in sun or light shade. While often taking the blame for ragweed, Goldenrod is not the cause of hay fever. 

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Oligoneuron album (White Goldenrod)

Noted for its striking floral display, Oligoneuron album (White Goldenrod) is a compact and low-growing perennial forming an open dome of flat-topped clusters bearing white daisy flowers with yellow disk centers. Blooming from midsummer to fall, the dainty blossoms are nectar rich and great for butterflies and pollinators while birds feast on the seeds.

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Oligoneuron rigidum (Stiff Goldenrod)

Bringing cheerful late season color, Oligoneuron rigidum (Stiff Goldenrod) is an upright unbranched perennial boasting dense, rounded or flat-topped clusters of tiny, bright yellow, daisy-like flowers in late summer and early fall.

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Solidago 'Goldenmosa' (Goldenrod)

Blooming for many weeks from late summer to early fall, this eye-catching beauty is regarded as one of the best Goldenrods.

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Solidago nemoralis (Gray 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

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Solidago odora (Sweet Goldenrod)

A stately plant for the fragrant garden, Solidago odora (Sweet Goldenrod) is a clump-forming, slowly enlarging perennial boasting upright stems clad with lance-shaped, dark green leaves, 4 in. long (10 cm), that smell like anise when crushed.

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Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' (Rough Goldenrod)

Marking the end of summer with its burst of arching sprays of bright yellow flowers, Solidago 'Rugosa 'Fireworks' is an outstanding cultivar which provides a bold splash of color in the mid to late season garden

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Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece' (Goldenrod)

Compact and slowly spreading, Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece' (Goldenrod) is an outstanding perennial that bears abundant, airy floral spires of bright yellow flowers. Born on multi-branched stems, they arise from rosettes of heart-shaped, dark green leaves that form an attractive, low-growing groundcover.

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