Gray Goldenrod

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

  • Looks Like:

    • 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.

BioDiversity Benefits:

  • 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.

Historical Use:

  • 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.