Solidago altissima (Tall Goldenrod)
Also known as Canada Goldenrod.
Tall Goldenrod is a rhizomatous, upright perennial in the sunflower family. It produces showy yellow flower clusters in late summer or early fall. The flowers are nectar source for many insects, including bees and butterflies.
Tall Goldenrod is commonly but unfairly blamed for hay fever (allergic reaction to wind-borne pollen) that is usually caused by pollen from ragweed since the two bloom at the same time, but only ragweed is wind pollinated.
Tall Goldenrod does well in pollinator gardens, naturalized areas, pocket prairies and meadows.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun, part sun
|Late summer/early fall
|Birds, butterflies, bees
|Native and honey bee friendly. Attracts beneficial insects.
|Present in state
|Present in county and native
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state
|Not present in state
|Present and rare, native in county
|Previously present, now extinct
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)