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Rough-stemmed Goldenrod

Solidago rugosa

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solidago (so-li-DAY-go) (Info)
Species: rugosa (roo-GO-suh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

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 the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Merryville, Louisiana

Saint Louis, Missouri

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Raleigh, North Carolina

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Leesburg, Virginia

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 4, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I have grown the most common cultivar of this species in my se PA yard of 'Fireworks', which is really nice. I finally saw the straight species close to the "Meadow" of Longwood Gardens in se Pennsylvania in early October of 2014. It looks good, just less pendulous than the cultivar. It is also an easy perennial, needing little care.


On Mar 12, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

A very common wildflowers along the roadsides and waste places of Newfoundland. A bit weedy for a formal garden but ideal for a wildflower garden. The flowers are very attractive to butterflies. There are several named, more-tamed selections derived from this wild species.