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PlantFiles: Pine-Barren Goldenrod
Solidago fistulosa

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solidago (so-li-DAY-go) (Info)
Species: fistulosa (fist-yoo-LOW-suh) (Info)

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive artcons On Sep 29, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

My Goldenrod was a gift from the birds that frequent the overhead utility lines running across my East property border. I dug it out and transplanted it to the opposite side of my garden to a "watch" area where it is now. I did not id the plant until this week.
The plant is about four months old and growing nicely. It's a Florida native so it's welcome in the yard. Very showy cluster of small bright yellow flowers.
It attracts a variety of bees and butterfies. My pictured plant is between 34 & 35 inches tall. It's growing in mostly full sun with average water.
Added 12-19, it's spreading via rhizomes, but if watched, it can be made to stay in a confined space. It's been a colorfull addition to the yard. Depending on how it handles the winter, I may move some of it to a different location that needs color during the winter months.

Neutral lupinelover On Jan 31, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Basal leaves persist through the winter; in the spring, as the plant begins to grow, the lower leaves are often shed. New ones form along the rhizomes. Give this species plenty of room to grow and spread.


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

Bokeelia, Florida
Ellenton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Homosassa, Florida
Moore Haven, Florida
North Port, Florida
Oviedo, Florida
Palmetto, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Mercer, Pennsylvania

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