Solidago missouriensis Nutt.
Missouri Goldenrod, Prairie Goldenrod, Missouri Basin Goldenrod
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: SOMI2
Smooth, reddish stems, 1-2+ ft. tall, occur singly or in clusters. Small, yellow flowers are arranged along the upper side of branches, usually forming a plume-shaped, nodding inflorescence. The earliest of the goldenrods to bloom.
This is a low-growing goldenrod that usually forms loose colonies in dry soils. It attracts butterflies.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall.
Autumn Foliage: yes
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AR , AZ , CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TN , TX , UT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , ON , SK
Native Distribution: S. B.C. & w. WA to AZ, e., through Great Plains, to WI, IL & OK
Native Habitat: Prairies; open areas
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Sandy or gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: A low-growing goldenrod that usually forms loose colonies in dry soils.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial 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.
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds in fall or divide rhizomes in spring. Mature plants can be divided in spring or fall.
Seed Treatment: Stratification improves the germination rate.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
From the ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1990 VOL. 7, NO.4 - Research Update, Wild-Collecting Endangers Natives, Director's Report, Maryland ...
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Solidago missouriensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Solidago missouriensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Solidago missouriensis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-16
Research By: TWC Staff