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Solidago sphacelata

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: neutral, rich, average, poor, loam, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: August, September, October

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, colonizing, cottage garden plant, cut flowers, naturalizing, rock garden plant

Solidago sphacelata (autumn goldenrod)
  • Solidago sphacelata (autumn goldenrod)

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Solidago sphacelata

Also known as:

autumn goldenrod


false goldenrod

Scientific Synonyms:

Brachychaeta sphacelata


At 2' tall, Solidago sphacelata is a medium height, compact flowering ornamental. It produces stiff arching stems, terminally divided to bear plumes of small yellow flowers. These will put on quite a show in late summer through mid-fall. The foliage is dark-green, heart-shaped, and dense.


Autumn goldenrod is easy to grow. It performs wonderfully in typical, moist, well-drained, rich garden settings, such as are found in cottage gardens. Yet it is also tolerant of dry conditions and poor soil. A good choice for a sunny rock garden, or dry perennial flower border. It spreads by rhizomes, forming dense colonies that can be an effective groundcover. Blooms August to October. Zones 5-7


Propagate from seed in fall, or by division in spring.

Additional Notes

It has been falsely believed that goldenrods cause hay fever, when in fact it is the pollen from other concurrent plants, such as ragweed, that are causing allergic reactions.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: OH


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 sphacelata autumn goldenrod