Goldenrod, Missouri

CHARACTERISTICS
Botanical Name Solidago missouriensis
Life Cycle Perennial
Environment Full Sun - Partial Sun
Preferred Sites Upland/Grassland
Bloom Period July-October
Flower Color Yellow

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Description

Widely found west of a line from Texas to the Great Lakes, Missouri Goldenrod grows on dry upland sites, especially in disturbed areas. The showy yellow flowers are in bloom from July-October and are notorious for producing nectar and pollen making them a vital stop for many bees, butterflies and other insects. Growing from 8-36” in height, it can be found growing in many different soils types. It inhabits dry upland prairies and open woodlands where it receives full to partial sun. Not highly preferred for forage and its rhizomatous spread allows Missouri goldenrod to form dense colonies, although, with some management practices they will rarely become problematic as with some other species. Shallow seeding into a firm seed bed in late fall or early spring should produce the proper environment for germination.

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