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PlantFiles: Wreath Goldenrod, Woodland Goldenrod, Blue-stemmed Goldenrod
Solidago caesia

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solidago (so-li-DAY-go) (Info)
Species: caesia (KESS-ee-uh) (Info)

9 vendors have this plant for sale.

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
May be a noxious weed or invasive

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings

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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Sep 23, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Many goldenrod species are aggressive/invasive, giving the whole genus a bad reputation. This species is a good clump former, not a runner, and I've never seen it self-sow aggressively.

This is a woodland species and much more shade tolerant than most goldenrods, most of which are meadow/prairie/field plants.

Positive Rickwebb On Sep 22, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

My biggest customer has several spots in her large backyard of this species growing in part-shade with a whole bunch of other plants around them, causing them to lean more than they would. Pretty perennial for yellow late summer and early fall bloom and bluish-green foliage. Liked by a good number of bees and other insect pollinators. It does self-sow around the yard.

Positive chiron On Sep 18, 2006, chiron from Midland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

My only experience with this plant is seeing it in bloom in the local woods. It is very attractive, differing from the typical goldenrod in growth habit. The flowers are carried along the stem in the leaf axils. They are a rich golden yellow against dark green leaves and a bluish stem. The plant is much more subdued in structure than other goldenrods, and seems to grow well in shady conditions. I hoped to collect some seed and try growing in my shady garden. I will followup with my results.


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

Madison, Connecticut
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Midland, Michigan
Lincoln, Nebraska
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Leesburg, Virginia

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