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Stiff Goldenrod
Solidago rigida

a.k.a. Rigid Goldenrod

Native perennial herb that stands up to 5' tall and is worthy of growing for its very attractive foliage topped with a broad, flat cluster of yellow flower heads. Used in upland buffers and in slope stabilization. It does well in well-drained rain water gardens. It self-sows easily.

USDA symbol: OLRI

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height4 to 5 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Sun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorYellow
Stiff Goldenrod (Stiff Goldenrod<div><em class="small">Solidago rigida</em></div>)
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Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience10
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceGeneral Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsSeptember to October
Larval Host ofBees, Moths
Specific Pollinators HostedDichomeris flavocostella, Numerous bee species, Tricholita notata
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Stem Nesting, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeRestoration, Sandy or Engineered Soils
Coefficient of Conservatism5
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAnoka, Becker, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac qui, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands