A.k.a. Solidago riddellii.* A lovely flat-topped goldenrod with long, narrow leaves. Like other goldenrods, it benefits many many pollinators and hosts a wide variety of insects.

Light: Full Sun

Soil Moisture: Wet, Wet Mesic, Mesic

Soil Type: Sandy, Gravely

Height: 2'-4'

Bloom Color: Yellow

Bloom Time: Sep-Oct

Root Type: Rhizome

Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract many bees, wasps, flies, and beetles. Like other goldenrods, it host a wide variety of insects including many moths, plant bugs, flies, leaf bugs, and leaf hoppers. Game birds feed on flower heads, and songbirds such as buntings, sparrows, juncos, and goldfinches eat the seeds. Regularly browsed by many mammals.

*So taxonomists are in a bit of a scuffle about what genus to put flat-topped goldenrods in. As flat topped-goldenrods can hybridize with each other but not with other goldenrods, some have put them in Oligoneuron. As much as it would streamline my photo organization to have all the goldenrods together when alphabetized, several sources I respect have sided with the splitters. I bow to their expertise.

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