Solidago sempervirens

Photo Courtesy of K. Hubeny

Common Name(s) Seaside Goldenrod
Scientific Name Solidago sempervirens
Family Asteraceae
Location/Vegetative Zone Dunes, Salt/Brackish/Freshwater Marsh
Flowering Period August-October
Identifying Characteristics 3-4 feet high, golden flowers


  • Perennial plant
  • Grows anywhere from 3 to 6 feet
  • Leaves are:
    • Alternate
    • Lance-shaped
    • Dark green
    • Waxy
    • Up to 20 inches long
  • Blooms large clusters of golden yellow flowers
    • Flowers bloom from August-October
    • The flowers clusters are usually upright or slightly leaning
  • After blooming, flowers turn into seed heads containing fuzzy, nut-like fruit capsules that each contain one seed



  • Habitat:
    • Grows along the edges and high areas of fresh, brackish, and salt marshes
    • Found in parts of the marsh that are not usually flooded by the tides
    • Can also grow on beaches and sand dunes
    • Grows in full or partial sun light
  • Resistant to salt spray
    • Considered a good flower to plant in swales and rain gardens because it can tolerate the rock salt used on roads in the winters

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