Dwarf Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

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Common Names: Canadian Goldenrod, Common Goldenrod, Meadow Goldenrod

Solidago canadensis ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ is a cultivar of the native Common Goldenrod. It was bred for it’s very compact growth habit. Little Miss Sunshine is one of the shortest varieties of goldenrod available and is not an aggressive grower like other goldenrods. Common Goldenrod is native to most of the US except for the southernmost SE states.

The blooms of Little Miss Sunshine Solidago is one of the best pollinators in later summer. In addition to attracting bees and butterflies, the blooms also attract birds. It is a profuse bloomer and is covered in golden-yellow flowers spikes from July to October. When blooming, goldenrod pollen is too heavy to be carried by the wind and will not cause allergies.

The plants are tolerant of heat and humidity, and resistant to deer and rabbit foraging. Deadhead spent blooms to encourage flowering. The foliage should be cut back to the ground in the winter after going dormant.

Solidagos require regular watering until they get established. After establishing, they need only need watering during extended dry spells, but will perform best with some moderate irrigation.

Plant in part sun to full sun 18-24″ apart. Grows 12″ tall and 18-24″ wide.

Solidago Little Miss Sunshine is available in our Quart Premium Perennial size category.

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