Rocky Mountain Goldenrod (Solidago multiradiata) is a wonderful native wildflower from Canada and the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains. This compact, earlier-blooming Goldenrod has rounded clusters of bright yellow, summer-blooming flowers and broad, smooth leaves. Like all Goldenrods, this is an essential nectar plant for pollinating insects, and a good source of food plant for other beneficial insects.
A wonderful native wildflower from Canada and the higher
elevations of the Rocky Mountains, most often found above 7,000 feet, Rocky
Mountain Goldenrod (Solidago multiradiata) has a different look than is typical
of the genus. The flower clusters are rounded with relatively large individual
yellow flowers, not the typical long, nodding spikes of tiny yellow
flowers. Long after flowers have faded, fuzzy seeds persist, adding fall
and winter interest. Its native range includes the alpine and subalpine
climates of mountain ranges in Alaska, most of Canada, and the Western US,
including Arizona, New Mexico, and California. Also called Alpine Goldenrod, Rocky
Mountain Goldenrod should be grown in the Western US where it will enjoy cooler
summer nights, as it will suffer from heat and hot, muggy nights in the Eastern
US. Like all Goldenrods, this is an essential nectar plant for pollinating
insects and food plant for other beneficial insects. Recommended companion
plants include Corsican Perennial Pansy (Viola Corsica), Coral Canyon Twinspur
(Diascia integerrima), and Festuca grass (Festuca).
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Rocky Mountain Goldenrod
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Late summer to early fall
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Easy To Grow, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
West, Western Only, Southwest, Hot Desert, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Growing Solidago (Goldenrod) This is a group of summer/fall blooming native wildflowers that are easy-to-grow and provide ample nectar for butterflies and bees. Goldenrods are resistant to browsing rabbits and deer. Contrary to popular belief, these perennials DON'T cause allergies; their pollen is sticky, not windblown, and is moved from plant to plant by bees.
Preferred growing conditions:
They grow easily in all types of soil including clay.
Goldenrod benefits from mulching in hot, dry climates and is amenable to most common types of mulch, including crushed gravel in xeriscapes.
After their second growing season, Solidago only requires deep but infrequent watering.
Plant in full, hot sun.
Just a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix in the planting hole is enough. It’s not necessary to plant into a rich, highly amended soil.
These perennials are easily divided in the spring if they get too large for their planting spot or you if want to have additional plants elsewhere in your landscape.
Fertilize Solidago just once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.
Leave them standing over the winter and cut back to 1-2" inches above the soil in mid- to late spring when the plants begin to wake up.
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