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Solidago missouriensis (Missouri goldenrod)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Solidago missouriensis

Solidago missouriensis Nutt.

Missouri Goldenrod, Prairie Goldenrod, Missouri Basin Goldenrod

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: SOMI2

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

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall.
Leaf: Green
Autumn Foliage: yes
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

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


USA: 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 Conditions

Water 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.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies

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.


Description: 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

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 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 Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1990 VOL. 7, NO.4 - Research Update, Wild-Collecting Endangers Natives, Director's Report, Maryland ...

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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