Stiff Goldenrod Care – How To Grow Stiff Goldenrod Plants

Stiff Goldenrod Plants
Stiff Goldenrod
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Stiff goldenrod plants, also called rigid goldenrod, are unusual members of the aster family. They stand tall on stiff stems and small aster flowers are at the very top. If you are thinking of growing stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida), it will bring an easy-care and eye-catching native plant into your garden. For more rigid goldenrod information and tips on how to grow stiff goldenrod, read on.

Rigid Goldenrod Info

These goldenrod plants, with their tall, straight stems topped by yellow flowers, are impressive. The straight stems of stiff goldenrod plants can grow to 5 feet (1.5 m.) tall. They bear small yellow flowers on top of the stems. The blossoms appear in July or August and last through October. The flowers grow in flat-topped inflorescences. In addition to adding a unique and colorful touch to your wildflower garden, growing stiff goldenrod is a sure way to attract bees and butterflies. Rigid goldenrod information tells us that these plants are natives to this country. They can be found from Massachusetts to Saskatchewan, then south all the way to Texas. Goldenrods grow as wildflowers in many states including Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. In these areas, you will find goldenrod growing in both prairies and open woodlands.

How to Grow Stiff Goldenrod in the Garden

If you want to learn how to grow stiff goldenrod plants, you will find that it is remarkably easy. Stiff goldenrod plants absolutely need a full sun site, but aside from that, they are very tolerant. For example, you can start growing stiff goldenrod in almost any kind of soil. However, the plant does best, and requires the least stiff goldenrod care, in moist, well-drained soil. Stiff goldenrod plants thrive in most cool to mild regions like those in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9. Although stiff goldenrod care for new transplants includes regular irrigation, the plants require very little assistance once they have established. In fact, you might want to hold back on stiff goldenrod care and, instead, encourage competition. According to stiff goldenrod information, competition from other plants keeps these from shooting up too tall or reseeding too prolifically.

Teo Spengler

Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.