Late Goldenrod

Solidago altissima

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solidago (so-li-DAY-go) (Info)
Species: altissima (al-TISS-ih-muh) (Info)


Alpines and Rock Gardens

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


Unknown - Tell us


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama

Cullman, Alabama

Calvert City, Kentucky

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 13, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

Solidago altissima is called the Tall Goldenrod by other sources as "A Field Guide to Wildflowers" by Peterson & McKenny. It is a wonderful wild forb for many pollinating insects in late summer to mid-autumn. It is one of the goldenrods with plume-like flower inflorescences and long, narrow parallel-veined leaves extremely similar to the Canada, Sweet, and Tall Goldenrods. This one has leaves with a rough texture and downy grayish stems with slightly toothed leaf margins.


On Mar 29, 2008, dee_cee from Birmingham, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Goldenrod was once Alabama's state flower before being replaced by the camellia. I dug several clumps from the hillside behind my house & planted them along the back fence & now they are firmly established & bloom in profusion every September!

I try to educate people who claim this plant is the source of their hay-fever. Ragweed is the culprit but since it blooms at the same time as goldenrod & its flowers are inconspicuous, people assume that goldenrod is what makes them sneeze.


On Mar 5, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Living in the country, we see Solidago altissima every
fall. The color is simply brilliant!

However, this is not necessarily a plant one would desire
in a formal garden. Indeed it is a wildflower and should
be respected as such.

This particular Goldenrod is not favored by our honey
bees, who pass by without giving altissima a second

Don't plant it where you don't want it, because it will
be here to stay once you do.