Low Goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis) flowerhead
Low Goldenrod
Solidago missouriensis
Aster family - Asteraceae

Growth habit: Short spreading perennial

Height: 15 - 40 cm

Spread: Spreads into a wide patch, but not aggressive

Bloom Time: July - August

Bloom Colour: Yellow

Light: Full sun, adapts to semi-shade

Moisture: Average to dry, well-drained

Soil: Average garden soil

Seeding: Low Goldenrod is easy to grow from seed, but the germination rate is poor, so plant more than you need. These seeds seeds need a period of cold moist stratification to germinate. Detailed instructions are on the Growing From Seed Guidelines and Different Methods for Stratifying Native Seeds pages. Cover the seeds with a light layer of soil and keep moist during germination. Mark the area well if you are planting directly into the ground in the fall.

Landscape uses: One of the smallest of the goldenrod species, it blooms earlier and is smaller and more manageable than the other local goldenrods. Suggested spacing of multiple plants is 30 cm.

Interesting features: Low Goldenrod is rare within Edmonton, but it can readily be seen in natural areas outside the city limits.

Natural habitat: Dry prairies and on slopes and hillsides.

Ecology: Very attractive to bees, butterflies, beneficial insects, and birds.