Quick Facts

Species Type

Native

Size

3 to 6 feet tall

Habitat

High parts and along the edges of fresh, brackish and salt marshes; also grows on beaches and sand dunes in coastal areas; can grow in full or partial sun

Range

Southern half of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Conservation Status

Stable

Appearance

Seaside goldenrod has large clusters of tiny, golden yellow flowers at the top of a tall stem. Flower clusters are upright or slightly drooping and bloom in August to October. Long, waxy, evergreen leaves are arranged alternately along the stem, getting bigger toward the bottom of the stem. Seaside goldenrod grows 3 to 6 feet tall.

Reproduction and Life Cycle

After blooming, flower clusters mature into seed heads. Seed heads are filled with fuzzy, nut-like fruit capsules that each contain one seed. Wind spreads the seeds.

Did You Know?

  • Seaside goldenrod is a good flower to plant in swales (sunken marshy areas) and rain gardens because it can tolerate rock salt used on roads in winter.
  • It can play an important role in providing nesting habitat for shorebirds like willets, killdeer and black skimmers.

Sources and Additional Information