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)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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 s... read more


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.