Blue-stemmed Goldenrod
The blue-stemmed goldenrod is sometimes referred to as Wreath Goldenrod. It is a well-behaved woodland species. It forms pretty, loose clumps with arching stems and long, thin leaves. Tiny clusters of bright yellow flowers form in the leaf axils for half the stem’s length. Stem color in mature plants has a dark, bluish tone.
Botanical Name: Solidago caesia
Nom Français: Verge d'or bleuâtre


Bloom colour: Yellow
Blooms: Fall - Zone 5 | Summer - Zone 5
Pollinators: Bees
Sun or Shade: Full Sun | Partial Sun
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: Up to 3 feet (1 meter)
New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario
It grows well in hardiness zones: 4 to 8

The blue-stemmed goldenrod is usually found in upland woods where deciduous trees dominate. It bears bright yellow fowers in the fall, which are on long, slender stems that turn bluish or purplish with age. It is a perennial that grows 1-3 feet and tolerates shade and various soils.


Open deciduous woods
Water requirement: Adaptable moisture
Well drained soil


Plants are tough. Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade, and does not spread aggressively as do some of the other goldenrod species and hybrids.
It may be affected by powdery mildew, rust or fungal spots.


Spread: Up to 50cm
Deadhead to prevent self-seeding. Divide in spring or fall.


The blue-stemmed goldenrod attracts many pollinators such as bees and butterflies. White-tailed deer may browse the foliage, but they are generally unpalatable to deer or rabbits.
Native to Canada

Styling and Use

Liked for native plant gardens, open woodland gardens, borders, wild gardens, cottage gardens, meadows or butterfly gardens.
Try pairing Solidago caesia with Aster cordifolius, Chasmanthium latifolium, Chrysogonum virginianum, Heliopsis helianthoides or Amsonia hubrichtii.


It is commonly mistaken for a plant that causes hayfever, but this is not the case. Hayfever is caused by wind-borne pollen, but the pollen from the blue-stemmed goldenrod is actually transported from bloom to bloom by bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

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