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Solidago graminifolia (flat-top goldenrod)
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Solidago graminifolia

flat-top goldenrod

(syn. Euthamia graminifolia)

Fine-textured linear foliage and golden flat-topped inflorescences in late summer. Cherished by butterflies and preying mantises and well as the wildflower enthusiast.

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3-4 Feet


1-2 Feet


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

flat-top goldenrod Interesting Notes

Solidago graminifolia has fine-textured linear foliage and golden flat-topped inflorescences blooming from late July to September. Growing 2-4’ tall and 3’+ wide, it is cherished by butterflies and preying mantises. It stands apart from other Solidago by its grass-like, fine leaves, flat-topped, bushy flowers, and smaller, numerous flower clusters. Grass-leaved goldenrod is commonly found throughout the United States and Canada – in fact, it can be found in 37 out of the 48 contiguous United States.

Solidago graminifolia prefers moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It is commonly found growing in damp to drier thickets and open areas from Quebec to Maryland, west to North Dakota, Kansas & rarely to Oklahoma. It may spread somewhat aggressively in ideal moist, sunny conditions but it is tolerant of poor, dry soils. It is somewhat drought tolerant once established and propagates readily by seed or division. A word of caution – this plant readily spreads when happy by seed or by roots and would be best suited in a less managed landscape or placed in a large space.

Goldenrod is a favorite for many pollinator species. S. graminifolia supports long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, moths, and beetles. Additionally, it is a larval host plant for several moths. Adding this plant in conjunction with other goldenrod can lengthen your blooming season, prolong pollinator nectar sources, and provide habitat. Small birds such as goldfinch and swamp sparrow enjoy the seeds and the foliage is necessary forage for young woodland animals. 

Solidago graminifolia Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. May spread somewhat aggressively in ideal moist, sunny conditions. Tolerant of poor, dry soils. Somewhat drought tolerant once established. Propagate by seed or division. It is best used at the woodland's edge on in a butterfly, rain, or wild garden.

Good Substitutions

Solidago rigida
anise scented goldenrod Solidago odora
goldenrod Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'
autumn goldenrod Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Native to North America
Clay Tolerance
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Propagation Type
Open pollinated