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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


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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Sun Exposure:

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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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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

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

Gardeners' Notes:


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.