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Grey Goldenrod

Scientific name

Solidago nemoralis


Grey Goldenrod is a perennial wildflower species that typically grows about 0.5 m in height. This plant may also be known by the common name Old Field Goldenrod. The stems are grayish green colored and are covered in small white hairs. The leaves are grayish green colored, alternately arranged, narrow, lance shaped, and are covered with small hairs. The flowers are showy, small, bright yellow colored, appear in plume like clusters, and bloom between August and October. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, including bees and butterflies. This is one of the shortest native Goldenrod species. This plant is easy to grow and can spread aggressively.

Planting conditions

Grey Goldenrod grows best in normal to dry conditions with full sun exposure. It prefers well-drained, sandy or loamy soils but can grow well in rocky and clay soil as well. It is tolerant of drought but young plants should be watered occasionally until established. It is also tolerant of deer grazing. This wildflower can be naturally found in prairies, fields, open forests, roadside ditches, and along upland shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Eco Zone:
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 0.5m
  • Spread:
    • 0.5m