California Goldenrod is a native perennial herb that grows in northern, southern and central California. It tends to grow in open grassy places, at elevations from 0-7500 feet. It produces masses of yellow flowers when many other plants are dormant. Birds and pollinating insects love this plant. Grows well in central oak woodlands. It likes to be wet in winter/spring and dry in summer but can take extra water.
It is a spreader from a creeping rootstock and may become invasive, so plant it where it will have plenty of room. Otherwise it is very garden tolerant and easy.
Sun: Full Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade
Moisture: Very Low, Low
Summer Irrigation: Max 3x / month once established
Ease of Care: Very Easy
Soil Drainage: Medium
Soil Description: Tolerates a variety of soils. Soil PH: 5.5 – 7.0
Common uses: Groundcovers, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens
Companion Plants: Use with complementary flower colors such as Sages (Salvia species), Wild Rose (Rosa californica), Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and Penstemon species.
Maintenance: Deadhead if you don’t like the look of spent flowers
Sunset Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*
Site Type: Found in a wide variety of settings and habitats throughout the state, including Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Fir/Pine Forest, Subalpine Forest, Foothill Woodland, open, grassy places, and disturbed sites.
Climate: Annual Precipitation: 4.8″ – 93.7″
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Pick -up of purchased plants will be Saturday, November 7, from 9 am to noon at the CNPS pick-up location off of Broad St in San Luis Obispo. (Note: there is no actual address for this location. It is at the East end of Francis Street in San Luis Obispo, behind Rizzoli’s Auto Repair. Please park on Francis St. while picking up plants.) A sign will be posted on the street. GPS coordinates for Pick-up location: Lat: 35.266967 degrees, Long: -120.651302 degrees. Please only place your order if you are able to pick up your plants on November 7, from 9 am to noon. There are no options for other pickup times or dates, or shipping of these live plants.