Zig-zag Goldenrod

Solidago flexicaulis

Verge d’or à tige zigzagante

Solidago flexicaulis, commonly called zigzag or broadleaf goldenrod, is a rhizomatous perennial that is native to rich woods and thickets from throughout eastern north America. This species is distinguished by its zigzag stems and its toothed, broad-ovate leaves.

Zig zag goldenrod attracts pollinators, butterflies and caterpillars from various moth species. It is drought tolerant and makes a geat cut flower. It makes a great addition to rock gardens and is one of the last pollinators of the season.

Goldenrods are commonly mistaken for causing hayfever which is actually caused by windborne pollen from other plants such as ragweed.


This plant is good for fall colour in any garden. It attracts butterflies, honey bees, swamp sparrows and meadow mice. It is appropriate for cottage gardens, low maintenance plantings, meadows, perennial borders, roadsides and restoration projects.

In nature Open deciduous woods, rocky woods, edges of floodplain forests, wooded stream banks, edges of limestone glades and cliffs..

The zig zag goldenrod is a perennial in the sunflower family that blooms with yellow clusters from July to October. It gets its name from the shape of the stem and how it zig zags between the nodes.

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Planting Solidago flexicaulis

Propogate by either seeding or root division. This plant will spread on its own. Goldenrod can be considered aggressive and is therefore not recommended for small gardens.

Companion plant suggestions include Aster cordifolius, Chasmanthium latifolium, Chrysogonum virginianum, Eupatorium colestinum, Heliopsis helianthoides and Amsonia hubrichtii.

Caring for Zig-zag Goldenrod

Easily grown woodland species that perhaps does best in sun-dappled part shade, but will also grow in full shade. Established plants tolerate some dry soils. Plants may be grown from seed and may self-seed in the garden. Plants may spread by rhizomes.

It is happiest in Moist and Well drained

In terms of water, Zig-zag Goldenrod needs Low to moderate need for water.

Although there are no serious disease or insect problems, keep an eye out for powdery mildew and leaf spot.