Gray goldenrod is a short and lovely goldenrod often found in disturbed areas, which gives it its other common name “old field goldenrod”. However, these showy yellow wand-like flowers with gray-green stems and leaves are dynamic in a garden setting.
This plant is drought tolerant, and quite adaptable to whatever conditions you throw at it. However, it thrives in a sunny site with slightly acidic average to dry soil. In a most ideal site these can spread quite readily, so if you want them in a contained area you can to keep them in check with deadheading late fall. However, Solidago nemoralis is not as aggressive here as Canada goldenrod.
Solidago nemoralis is a great choice for a low wildflower meadow or pollinator garden. Native butterflies, long-tongued bees, and short-tongued bees flock to grey goldenrod for it’s abundant nectar. Seeds are eaten by Goldfinch in the winter.
One of the Blue Stem Natives owners happily has this under-utilized perennial wildflower in her yard and in the fall it’s alight with happy pollinators. We highly recommend!
Source: grown from seed from garden plants with a long history in Plymouth county, MA. Original provenance unknown.
Solidago nemoralis (Gray goldenrod)
SIZE AND POT INFORMATION: More details coming in May type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: Sun to shade water needs: dry, average height: 2' plant spacing: 1/sq ft bloom time: August, September bloom color: yellow
good plant companions
Asters, Pennsylvania sedge, liatris, spotted bee balm, little bluestem
salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur. deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)