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PlantFiles: 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)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

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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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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dee_cee 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.

Neutral WUVIE 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.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Cullman, Alabama
Calvert City, Kentucky
Hulbert, Oklahoma

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