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Solidago caesia

Common Name(s):
Axillary goldenrod, Blue stemmed goldenrod, Bluestem goldenrod, Woodland goldenrod
Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers

Bluestem Goldenrod is a Wildlflower in the Asteraceae family.  It is an herbaceous perennial that grows 3 feet tall with showy clusters of yellow flowers that hug greenish-purple stems in the summer and early fall.   In recent times goldenrods have been blamed for hay fever, but its irritating symptoms are actually caused by ragweed (Ambrosia species), whose pollen is airborn when goldenrod is in flower.  This speices does not spread as rapidly or agressively as some other goldenrods.  Works well planted in a native garden, cottage, butterfly, or woodland garden.

Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Seasons of Interest: 

     Bloom: Late Summer, Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall

Wildlife Value: Bluestem goldenrod is moderately deer resistant. Flowers are attractive to butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Songbirds eat the seeds. Members of the genus Solidago support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) asterisAndrena (Callandrena s.l.) braccataAndrena (Cnemidandrena) canadensisAndrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticinctaAndrena (Cnemidandrena) nubeculaAndrena (Callandrena s.l.) simplexPerdita (Perdita) octomaculataMelissodes (Eumelissodes) fumosusColletes simulansand Colletes solidaginis

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious insect or disease problems. Rust can be an infrequent problem.

This plant may be confused with: Any other goldenrod speices Solidago spp.

Late summer through fall
Full sun to light shade
1-4 ft.
1.5-3 ft.
Flower Color:
Blue to purple stem; 2-5 in. smooth, slender, stalkless, toothed, sharply pointed lance-shaped leaves with feather veins; tapers at both ends
Scattered clusters of tiny yellow flowers with 3-5 rays form in axils of leaves along the length of the stem with terminal clusters being the largest.
Moist woods, thickets, clearings
Life Cycle:
bees, birds, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, honeybees, cottage garden, butterfly garden, deer resistant, woodland garden

NCCES plant id: 2738

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Dan Mullen, CC BY-NC-ND - 4.0
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Debbie Roos