Solidago spp., S. hybrids
- Common Name(s):
- Perennials, Wildflowers
Goldenrod has been wrongly accused of causing allergies and hay fever, but it actually is ragweed, a nondescript plant flowering at the same time, that causes the problems. Goldenrod hybrids and cultivars are very popular perennials in Europe, and becoming so here. They combine well with blue wood asters (Aster cordifolius) and hardy ageratum (Eupatorium coelestinum).
Wildlife Value: Attractive to bees and butterflies and is deer resistant. Members of the genus Solidago support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) asteris, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) braccata, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) canadensis, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticincta, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) nubecula, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) simplex, Perdita (Perdita) octomaculata, Melissodes (Eumelissodes) fumosus, Colletes simulans, and Colletes solidaginis.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Rust, powdery mildew, and leaf spot may occur.
This plant may be confused with: Any other goldenrod speices Solidago spp.
- Late summer to fall
- 1.5-6 ft.
- Flower Color:
- Gold, yellow
- Division spring, cuttings of cultivars
- Full sun
- Well-drained, high organic matter
- Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
- North America, hybrid origin
NCCES plant id: 781