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Downy goldenrod gets its name from the fine, spreading hairs that cover its densely leaved stems. The orange-yellow blooms are an excellent source of late-season nectar and pollen for a multitude of pollinators. It's commonly found on open prairies and dry habitats such as rocky woods and sand barrens in eastern North America. It grows in full sun or part shade and adapts to a range of moisture conditions. It's capable of withstanding extended dry or wet spells. It's listed as endangered in Ohio, although it's possible that it occurs more frequently than records indicate (Ohiodnr.gov). Another common name is dusty goldenrod, and The Dusty Goldenrod Conservation project has preserved the only known location in Ohio where the endangered plant may be found growing wild.

 

It is a well-behaved species of goldenrod that spreads slowly to form dense clumps. Use massed or as a specimen plant, in meadow and rain gardens, or in naturalized areas.

 

Plant Characteristics:

Grows 2-3' tall and 1-2' wide.

 

Prefers full or part sun.

 

Prefers dry, average, or moist soils. Tolerant of occasional dry or wet spells.

 

Blooms from August to October or sometimes until first frost.

 

Wildlife Value:

Host plant for 122 species of Lepidoptera larvae, including 13 specialists. Resistant to rabbits and deer.

 

Resources:

Ladybird Johnson Wildlife Center: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SOPU#:~:text=USDA%20Native%20Status%3A%20L48%20(N,covered%20with%20fine%2C%20spreading%20hairs.

 

West Creek Conservancy: https://westcreek.org/project/dusty-goldenrod-preserve/.

 

Native Plant Trust: https://plantfinder.nativeplanttrust.org/plant/Solidago-puberula.

 

Izel Plants: https://www.izelplants.com/solidago-puberula-downy-goldenrod/. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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