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Goldenrod flowers provide an important nectar source for butterflies. Cut flowers are non-allergenic.
'Golden Baby' Goldenrod is a compact, 2 foot tall perennial bearing scads of flat-topped clusters of golden-yellow plumes in summer. It's great in borders or containers. Flowers attracts butterflies. Plants bloom the first year when started early.
A five year trial of Goldenrods by the Chicago Botanic Garden proved 'Golden Baby' Goldenrod plants to be highly disease resistant. 'Golden Baby' provides reliable color, and plenty of cut flowers, with excellent tolerance of both heat and humidity. Winter hardy to zone 4.
Sow seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil and barely cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 70°F., germination is in 14-21 days. Transplant into the garden 12-18 inches apart. See Starting Your Seeds for more information.
Growing Goldenrod: Full sun, part shade in hottest climates. Will tolerate some drought, performs better with moderate water. Non-invasive, perfect for mixed borders. Low maintenance, highly resistant to mildew, virtually immune to rust, few pests. Pollen is too heavy to become wind borne and will not induce an allergic reaction. 'Golden Baby' Goldenrod plants tolerate heat and humidity, and are disease, rabbit, and deer resistant. Flowers attract bees, butterflies and birds.