Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry
Soil Description: neutral, average, poor, loam, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: July, August, September
Bloom Color: yellow
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, drought tolerant, rock garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Solidago sciaphilaAlso known as:
Solidago sciaphila is a rare species within the goldenrod genus. It is endemic to only to the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota down to northern Illinois. It produces open clusters of yellow flowers, atop a single stem. The leaves are mostly basal, elongated, oblong, with finely serrated margins.
Although the cliff goldenrod has become quite rare in its natural habitat, it is a species that does well in cultivation. It is adapted to poor, dry, rocky soils in full sun. Its low height and drought tolerance make it an excellent choice for use in a rock garden, or sunny border. Zone 3-6
Propagate by seed only. Collected seeds should be sown immediately in fall. If store, they will require a period of cold stratification before sowing in spring. This species cannot be propagate vegetatively.
Destruction of Solidago sciaphila's native range, as well as recreational activities have help push this species to the brink of extirpation.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
IA, IL, MN, WI
USDA Endangered Status:
- Threatened: IL
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