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Pine-Barren Goldenrod (Solidago fistulosa)

Host Plant: Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerata)

Nectar Plant: Other insects, especially bees and wasps

Flower Color: yellow

Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial that grows from 1.5 to 6 feet tall

Range in North America: Eastern and Southeastern United States in the Coastal Plain

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Hardiness: Zones 3-9

Soil Requirements: moist soil

Plant of Pine-Barren Goldenrod (Solidago fistulosa) in a woodland.

Solidago fistulosa Mill.
observed in United States of America
by Stephanie Coutant (licensed under

Pine-Barren Goldenrod, Hairy Pinewoods Goldenrod


Pine-Barren Goldenrod (Solidago fistulosa), a member of the Asteraceae (Aster Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows 1.5 to 6 feet tall and has yellow flowers that bloom in the summer and fall from July to November. In some areas it can flower year round. The alternate, simple leaves are oblanceolate to lanceolate in shape and have serrate margins. The lower leaves have winged petioles and the upper leaves are generally sessile. The stems are hairy. This plant grows in zones 5-11 and likes open areas with full sun to partial shade.  More about this species can be on this blog post.

Host Species

Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerata)

Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerolata) on fabric.

CBG Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Many butterflies, bees, wasps, flies, ants, and beetles use this plant as a nectar source, especially bees and wasps. Birds, such as the Eastern Goldfinch, eat the seeds, and some mammals eat the stems and leaves. Goldenrods in general are one of the most important nectar plants in the fall.

Range of Pine-Barren Goldenrod (Solidago fistulosa) in the United States and Canada

Range map of Pine-Barren Goldenrod (Solidago fistulosa) in the United States and Canada.



Pine Barren Goldenrod is found in moist open areas such as marsh edges, thickets, roadsides, fields, swamps, bogs, and open pine woodlands. This plant is adapted to the fire ecology found in the coastal plains of the Southeastern United States.

The genus name, Solidago, comes from the Latin for Solidus and ago and refers to the medicinal healing properties.

The stems contain a latex that can be used as a rubber substitute (Coastal Plain Plants Wiki).

This species is considered to be Florida’s most common goldenrod (Florida Wildflowers).


Coastal Plain Plants

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