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Oligoneuron rigidum (Stiff goldenrod)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Oligoneuron rigidum

Oligoneuron rigidum (L.) Small

Stiff Goldenrod, Hard-leaf Goldenrod

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A tall, coarse, hairy stem bearing a dense, rounded or flat-topped, terminal cluster of dark yellow, bell-shaped flower heads.

This is a deep-rooted and handsome species. There are similar species with relatively broad leaves and flat-topped clusters in eastern North America, but this is the only one with hairy stems.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Autumn Foliage: yes

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , CO , CT , DC , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , MB , ON , SK
Native Distribution: Alberta east to Ontario, south through New York to Georgia, west to Texas, and north to North Dakota.
Native Habitat: Prairies, thickets, and open woods.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Easy care plant will do fine in all soil types, nutrient poor soil and acidic or neutral soil.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Propagation Material: Clump Division , Seeds
Description: Divide plants in spring or fall or start from seed.
Seed Treatment: Easy to start from seed, which requires moist stratification.

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1995 VOL. 12, NO.1 - Night of the Wildflowers a Tremendous Success, Congressmen Pickle and Andrews Ho...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Oligoneuron rigidum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Oligoneuron rigidum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Oligoneuron rigidum


Record Modified: 2013-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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