Solidago caesia (Blue-stemmed or Wreath Goldenrod)

Perennial  Height: 2–3 feet  Spread: 1–2 feet  Bloom Color: Yellow   Characteristics  Clump-forming perennial w/ smooth, arching stems  Alternate, lance-shaped leaves on bluish stems, becoming smaller toward stem tip   Clusters of tiny, bright yellow, daisy-like flowers along the stem in leaf axils, August to October  Small oblong cypsela attached to fluffy pappus, distributed by wind September to November  Spreads by self-seeding and rhizomes, but not aggressively   Attributes  Tolerates drought, clay soil, dry shade, Black Walnut  No serious insect or disease problems; deer may graze on foliage  Insect-pollinated; does not cause pollen allergies  Attracts many pollinators to nectar and pollen; songbirds eat seeds; larval host for moth species Growing and Maintenance Tips Soil Requirements: Well-drained, loam, clay-loam Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade Water Requirements: Dry, Moist Flowering and form best with 3 hours of sun, part sun to part shade Lower leaves may wither in dry weather Use in open woodlands, meadows, cottage, or butterfly gardens Hardiness: USDA Zones 4–8  Excellent Replacement for Corydalis - Fumewort Chrysanthemum - Mum Hemerocallis fulva - Common Daylily

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This graceful, well-behaved goldenrod is found in upland woods and clearings throughout eastern North America,* especially in deciduous forests where oak trees are dominant. Its delicate composite flowers attract many late-season pollinators, including native specialist bees.

*It is native throughout most of the Mid-Atlantic Region (mostly below 3,000 feet elevation in the mountains), except for portions of the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware and Maryland.

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