Solidago rigida
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Hardiness Zone: 3-9 Height: 3-5 feet; 0.9-1.5 metres Spread: 1.5-2.5 feet; 0.45-0.8 metres Sun: Full sun Water: Medium Wildlife: Bees, flies, butterflies (especially Monarchs), wasps, and beetles visit the showy, bright yellow flowers of this plant. Insects including grasshoppers, moth caterpillars, and other plant bugs feed on this plant and songbirds such as the American Goldfinch feed on the seeds. Bloom Colour: Yellow Tolerates: Drought Culture: Prefers full sun and moist to slightly dry soil. This plant can be easily grown in loam, clay-loam, or gravelly soil. Noteworthy Characteristics: Stiff Goldenrod has an unbranched, hairy central stem with alternate leaves that get smaller going up the stem. Both the basal and upper leaves are light green, slightly hairy and have blunt tips. The plant branches off at the top of the central stem to produces clusters of flowers that are mildly fragrant. Hairy achenes develop later. Garden Uses: Butterfly garden