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Solidago caesia

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: average, loam, clay, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: August, September, October

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, cottage garden plant, deer resistant, drought tolerant, naturalizing, rock garden plant, shade garden plant

Solidago caesia (wreath goldenrod)
  • Solidago caesia (wreath goldenrod)
  • Solidago caesia (wreath goldenrod)
  • Solidago caesia (wreath goldenrod)

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Description

Solidago caesia

Also known as:

bluestem goldenrod

,

blue-stemmed goldenrod

,

wreath goldenrod

Scientific Synonyms:

Solidago axillaris

Description

Solidago caesia is one of the most elegant of goldenrods. Ranging in height from 1 to 3', it is on the smaller side of what can be expected from this genus, and is also well behaved. Its blueish to purplish, gently arching stems are covered in their entirety with loose clusters of bright yellow flowers, the highest concentration of which occurs toward the tips. It has a long blooming period of about a month, ranging from late summer to mid-fall.

Cultivation

Bluestem goldenrod is easy to grow and adaptable. It is very tolerant of shaded conditions, performs exceptionally well in part-sun to dappled light, and moist to dry well-drained soil. It will withstand being grown in full sun however, it might require supplemental watering. Otherwise, it can considered drought resistant. It is not particularly aggressive and its relatively small size makes it a good selection for a cottage garden or perennial flower bed. Combines beautifully with Conoclinium coelestinum. Zones 4-9

Propagation

Propagate from seed or division.

Additional Notes

Deer resistant and very attractive to pollinators. Goldenrods get a bad rap for being aggressive, which this species is not, and for triggering allergies, which is utterly false. The pollen from all solidago species is heavy and sticky, and does not become windborne.

The genus, Solidago, is derived from the Latin word solidus (meaning whole, or... you guessed it... solid), and the suffix ago (to make). Species from this genus have a long history of purported medicinal values and have been considered a panacea with the ability to “make one whole”... it's kinda Zen. The specific epithet is from the Latin word caesius, meaning blue-gray, is a reference to the blueish color of the stems that develop a grayish cast as they mature and develop a coat of fine hairs. The species has an out-of-commission synonym: Solidago axillaris. This is interesting because it made reference to the flowers being borne on the axils where the leaves meet the stems. A characteristic uncommon to goldenrods.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: WI

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Solidago goldenrod
Species Solidago caesia bluestem goldenrod