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Downy Goldenrod

Solidago puberula


Plant Type


Hardiness Zone

3 - 9

Flower Color


Bloom Period

August- October

Height at Maturity

12-36 inches

Width at Maturity

12-24 inches

Sun Requirements

Sun to part shade

Soil Type

Well drained dry, sandy

About this species:

The downy goldenrod is both deer and rabbit resistant.

It is host to many moth species. It is a critical source of

late season nectar for bees, and pollen source for many

pollinators long after many other plants have stopped


This native offers an escape route for small animals and

birds. It is a nesting habitat for bees and insects. It also

provides seeds for finches, chickadees, and small

mammals. Larva overwinter in spherical galls and often

become part of the food chain.

Other interesting notes on usage:

First, this plant is NOT to be confused with ragweed. The

goldenrod’s pollen is sticky and not blown by the wind.

This native plant is low maintenance. It has downy soft

hairs that cover its stems. It can be found in woodlands

and on roadsides.


Key to Label Symbols:

Hollow stems, leaves and roots are sources of shelter for wildlife. Insects may make a winter home under dropped leaves. Other animals may make shelters within the roots of the plant.
Food Source
Birds and other wildlife use the seeds, berries and leaves for their food source. Leaves may be used to help build nests for birds
Nectar Source
Bees, butterflies, birds and some insects use nectar for their food. Pollen is also used by some wildlife.
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