Solidago puberula

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

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

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: neutral, average, poor, loam, sand

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: August, September, October

Bloom Color: yellow, orange

Leaf Color: green

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

Additional Tags: attracts bees, clumping, drought tolerant, naturalizing, rock garden plant

Solidago puberula (downy goldenrod)
  • Solidago puberula (downy goldenrod)
  • Solidago puberula (downy goldenrod)
  • Solidago puberula (downy goldenrod)

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Description

Solidago puberula

Also known as:

downy goldenrod

,

dusty goldenrod

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Solidago puberula is on the smaller side of goldenrods, but packs quite a visual punch. The individual flowers are the largest among the genus, and are clustered to form dense, tubular, bottlebrush-like yellow spikes. Ranging in height from 1 to 3', the stems are upright and rigid, covered with fine hairs giving them a 'downy' appearance, and tinged with yellow and reddish hues. The basal leaves are large but sparse, while the abundant upper leaves are much smaller, lance-like and finely toothed.

Cultivation

Downy goldenrods' native range includes open woodlands with thin soil as well as sandy areas. It can be grown in full sun to part-shade, and prefers well-drained soils. It is a well-behaved species that does not spread as aggressively as some of the other ones in the genus. It will take advantage of soil disturbances and naturalize by seed, but otherwise tends to stay put, and form dense clumps of erect stems emanating from a woody, branched root system. The blooming period occurs late summer through fall, sometimes until frost, and can last for over a month. It is low maintenance and drought tolerant, and can be adapted into a wide range of garden designs where it will provide an excellent late season blooming performance. Cold hardy and heat tolerant. Zones 4-9

Propagation

Propagate from seed, or root cuttings when the plant is dormant.

Additional Notes

Underutilized and rarely available commercially, Solidago puberula will likely undergo a surge in popularity as pollinator gardens become more prevalent. It's ability to withstand occasional wet periods, followed by extended dry ones, make it an excellent choice for rain gardens as well.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: OH
  • Special Concern: KY

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 puberula downy goldenrod