Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod)
Also known as Prairie Goldenrod, Oldfield Goldenrod, Dwarf Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod.
Gray Goldenrod is an upright, unbranched perennial that is peppered with short grayish hairs (hence its name). It is one of the shorter goldenrods, and less aggressive than its taller cousin, Tall Goldenrod (Solidago altissima). Individual plants bloom at various times, which extends flowering season. It tends to bloom a bit later than other goldenrods. It is a tough and adaptable plant that does well in sunny, dry or moist sites. It tends to be more aggressive in ideal, moist conditions.
Native bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles, and pollinating flies seek nectar and pollen from the flowers. Plants host the caterpillars of several moth species. Seeds are eaten by songbirds like the Eastern Goldfinch. White-tailed Deer and Cottontail Rabbits graze on the foliage.
Gray Goldenrod works well in a low wildflower meadow, pocket prairie, pollinator garden, naturalized areas, or as a cut flower.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Sun, part sun|
|Bloom time||Late summer/early fall|
|Mature height||1-3 ft
|Mature spread||2-3 ft
|Attracts||Birds, butterflies, bees|
|Notes||Native and honey bee friendly. Attracts beneficial insects.|
|Present in state|
|Present in county and native|
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state|
|Not present in state|
|Present and rare, native in county|
|Previously present, now extinct|
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)|