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Goldenrod (Solidago drummondii)


Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 3 Professionals

Species Native to Missouri

Common Name: goldenrod

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Family: Asteraceae

Native Range: Southeastern and south-central United States

Zone: 5 to 8

Height: 1.50 to 3.00 feet

Spread: 1.50 to 3.00 feet

Bloom Time: August to September

Bloom Description: Yellow

Sun: Full sun

Water: Dry to medium

Maintenance: Low

Flower: Showy

Attracts: Butterflies

Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil

Garden locations


Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates poor, dry soils and light shade, but performs best in full sun. This species is primarily clump-forming and does not spread aggressively as do some of the other goldenrod species and hybrids.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Cliff goldenrod is a Missouri native perennial which, as the common name suggests, is found on cliffs, bluffs and ledges throughout the Ozark region of the State. Typically grows 1.5-3' tall on arching stems. Panicles of tiny, bright yellow, daisy-like flowers typically with 3-7 rays per head appear on short branches at the stem ends in late summer to fall. Leaves (to 3.5" long) are ovate, toothed, hairy below and at least 3-veined. Basal leaves generally dry up and disappear by flowering time. Goldenrods have been wrongfully accused of causing hay fever which is actually an allergic reaction to wind-borne pollen from other plants such as ragweed. Goldenrods are attractive to bees and butterflies.


No serious insect or disease problems. Rust can be an infrequent problem.

Garden Uses

Interesting goldenrod for native plant gardens, rock gardens or borders

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