Solidago nemoralis
(Gray Goldenrod)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Gray Goldenrod, Common Goldenrod, Old Field Goldenrod, Prairie Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: August - October
    Status: Native

Solidago nemoralis, or Gray Goldenrod, is native to the eastern two thirds of the United States. It grows in prairies, fields, meadows, open rocky woods, along roads and railroads, often in gravelly or sandy soil. It blooms in late summer and fall, with golden flowers with small petals.

There are over 100 species of Solidago in the United States, and they can be very difficult to tell apart. Solidago nemoralis can be distinguished by the fact that it has a short stature of usually not more than two feet, and flowers that tend to hang down, and also its rough textured stems and leaves, which have small hairs on them, but not as many and not as fuzzy as Solidago hispida, which has a very similar appearance. More information and comparison photos will be posted at a later time, showing similar species. But for the time being, you can access our Solidago ID chart which shows various images of over twenty species to help with ID.

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