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  • Riddell's Goldenrod

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Solidago riddellii (Oligoneuron riddellii)  

    COMMON NAMES: Riddell's Goldenrod

    BLOOM TIME: Aug, Sept, Oct


    Grows 1-4 ½ ft. on smooth unbranched stems.

    Long narrow leaves with very fine white hairs bend to form a V-shape.

    Flat- topped flower clusters may have 30-40 flower heads.

    Natives Americans used leaves & tops for tea to treat stomach illness.

    Chippewa also used for cramps, fevers, & colds.


    Greater Prairie Chicken & Ruffed Grouse, feed on the leaves and flowerheads. 

    Eastern Goldfinch, Indigo Bunting, Slate-colored Junco, Swamp Sparrow, and Tree Sparrow feed on the seeds.

    Muskrat & beaver sometimes feed on the stems or use the stems of wetland goldenrods in the construction of their dams and/or lodges.