"A short, elegant goldenrod for savanna situations, Blue Stemmed Goldenrod forms groups of single stems topped by a cluster of bright yellow blossoms. Like other goldenrods, it blooms in late summer into October, providing an important late season nectar source and is the larval host for several moths. It does best in mesic to dry-mesic soils and is named for the gray to bluish cast on its stems.
The nectar and pollen of the flowers can attract a wide variety of insects, especially short-tongued bees and flies. It is a host plant for caterpillars of Gnorimoschema gallaeastrella and other species of moths. The seeds of goldenrods are eaten sparingly by the Indigo Bunting, Slate-Colored Junco, Tree Sparrow, Eastern Goldfinch, and other songbirds.
Soil Type: Clay/Loam/Sand
Soil Conditions: Mesic-Dry Mesic
Flower Color: Yellow
Light: Part sun to shade
Credits: Info, Photo/Image Pizzo Nursery and IllinoisWildflowers.Info