Common Name: early goldenrod
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Native Range: Eastern North America
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates poor, dry soils. Remove spent flower clusters to encourage additional bloom.
Early goldenrod is a Missouri native perennial which typically occurs in dry, rocky soils on roadsides, open woods, slopes and prairies in the Ozark region of the State. Features tiny, bright yellow flowers borne in dense, plume-like panicles on the ends of stiff, narrow-leaved stems typically growing 2-4' tall. As the common name suggests, this species has one of the earliest bloom periods (mid-summer) of the many goldenrods. Goldenrods have been wrongly accused of causing hay fever which is actually an allergic reaction to wind-borne pollen from other plants such as ragweed. Attractive to bees and butterflies.
No serious insect or disease problems. Leaf rust is an occasional problem. May need to be divided every 2 to 3 years to control growth.
Provides good color and contrast for the late summer to early fall perennial border, wild garden, meadow or naturalized area.