Latin Name: Solidago nemoralis
Facts about Gray Goldenrod:
Perennial plant that blooms in late summer and fall.
Height: 20 cm to 1 m, Spread: 30 cm to 1 m
Sun Exposure: Prefers full sun to partial sun
1 to 6 erect reddish to grey-green stems.
Up to 300 flower heads, with 5-7 yellow ray florets
Grows in woods, prairies, grass-lands, and disturbed areas such as old fields and roadsides.
Goldenrod flowers have a variety of insect pollinators, including various species of bees, butterflies and moths.
Various caterpillars also feed on the foliage.
The American Goldfinch feeds on the fruit of a goldenrod plant.
Due to its ability to attract various wildlife and native pollinators, Gray Goldenrod is commonly used in pollinator gardens.
Native American peoples found various uses for the goldenrod plant. It was used medicinally to treat jaundice, and also used as an incense.
The seeds were also used for food in some instances.