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Wrinkleleaf goldenrod

Solidago rugosa

Solidago rugosa

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Sun/shade: Full sun to part shade

Soil moisture: Dry to medium

Height: 3-5'

Spread: 1.5-2.5'

Flowering period: September

After absorbing the sun’s rays for months, wrinkleleaf goldenrod erupts in golden-yellow color in September, as though it had become saturated with light and had begun to shine. The blooming of hundreds of yellow flowerheads along the plant’s branches is a windfall for pollinators. Goldenrods are among the most important plants for supporting pollen-specialist bees, which have strict pollen requirements. Considering that 20 – 45% of native bees are specialists, healthy bee populations can only be maintained by planting the plants that host these bees.

An inhabitant of meadows and open-canopied woodlands, wrinkleleaf goldenrod is quite adaptable, performing well under full sunlight to partial shade and in moderately wet to moderately dry soil. The plant will attain a mature height of 3-6’ and will likely spread via rhizome to form a small colony, though it is generally not aggressive. Look for wrinkleleaf goldenrod to produce its bright yellow blooms for approximately 1 month in late summer or early fall. For a stunning pairing, plant wrinkleleaf goldenrod with New England aster or purple-stemmed aster.

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Photo by Julie Slater.

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