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Solidago sciaphila

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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

Height: 1'-2'

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

Solidago sciaphila (shadowy goldenrod)
  • Solidago sciaphila (shadowy goldenrod)

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Solidago sciaphila

Also known as:

shadowy goldenrod


cliff goldenrod

Scientific Synonyms:


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.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Threatened: IL


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 sciaphila shadowy goldenrod