SOLIDAGO nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod) is a herbaceous perennial plant native to North America. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and is highly valued for its compact growth habit, clusters of bright yellow flowers, and its ability to attract pollinators. Gray Goldenrod is often used in prairie restorations, native plant gardens, or as a late-season source of nectar for bees and butterflies.
Gray Goldenrod is a small to medium-sized perennial that typically reaches a height of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) and has a spread of about 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm). It has multiple stems that arise from a basal clump, and the stems are covered with narrow, lance-shaped leaves. The leaves have a grayish-green color, giving the plant its common name.
This species thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Gray Goldenrod is often found in prairies, open woodlands, or along roadsides. It is adaptable to various soil types, including sandy, loamy, or rocky soils.
The flowers of Solidago nemoralis are the main attraction. They are small, bright yellow, and densely arranged in elongated, pyramidal clusters at the top of the stems. The flowers are highly attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, serving as an important late-season food source. The blooming period usually occurs from late summer to fall, providing a burst of color to the garden.
Landscape Uses: Gray Goldenrod is often used in prairie restorations, meadow plantings, or mixed perennial beds where its compact growth habit and bright yellow flowers can be showcased. It works well as a border plant, in mass plantings, or as a late-season source of nectar for pollinators. The flowers add a vibrant touch to the garden and create a beautiful display of color.
Gray Goldenrod, with its compact growth habit, bright yellow flowers, and ability to attract pollinators, is a valuable addition to prairie gardens, native plant landscapes, or naturalized areas. Its adaptability, low-maintenance nature, and late-season blooms make it a desirable choice for those seeking to create wildlife-friendly and visually appealing garden spaces.
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Scientific Name: Solidago Nemoralis
Common Name: Gray Goldenrod
Plant Type: Perennials
Zone: 3 to 9
Native Range: North America
Full Growth Height: 12-22"
Width in Across: 12-24 "
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer (Early, Mid, Late), Fall
Flower Characteristics: Showy, Cut Flowers
Pollinators: Butterflies, Birds, Bees
Flower Color: Bright Yellow
Tolerate: Drought, Deer, Rocky Soil, Dry Soil
Water Requirement: Low, Average
Soil Type: Clay, Chalk, Loam, Well-Drained, Moist
Soil pH: Neutral, Acid
Uses: Beds and Borders, Gravel and Rock Gardens