Stiff Goldenrod is a widely adaptable species, thriving in the most inhospitable soils, and a range of conditions from clay to dry sand. A glowing beauty in the autumn landscape, the flowers are favorite of Monarch butterflies as they fuel-up for their fall migration …
|Soil Type||Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil Moisture||Dry, Medium|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Height||3' - 5'|
|Bloom Time||Aug, Sep|
|Hardiness Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Benefits||Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators, Host Plant, Deer Resistant|
|Seeds per Oz||46000|
|Propagation Treatment||Dry Stratification|
|Direct Sowing Time||Spring, Early Summer, Fall|
cStiff Goldenrod is a widely adaptable species, thriving in a range of soils from clay to dry sand. A glowing beauty in the autumn landscape, the flowers are favorite of Monarch butterflies as they fuel-up for their fall migration. Songbirds love to perch on the stems of Stiff Goldenrod, and take advantage of the abundant seed in the fall.
Goldenrods are keystone species in ecoregions across North America, and play an influential role in system biodiversity. Pollen, nesting sites, and a critical source of late season nectar are available in abundance for bees, butterflies and other insects. Goldenrod gall flies lay their eggs in the plant stem and the developing larvae are a rich source of protien for chickadees and woodpeckers in the middle of winter. Numerous small moths use this goldenrod as a larval host plant, including the Wavy-Lined Emerald (Synchlora aerata), and Green Leuconycta (Leuconycta diphteroides).
Stiff Goldenrod self-seeds readily, which may not be desirable for smaller settiings. Removal of the seed heads is a realiable way to control unwanted spread.