Downy goldenrod

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated April 2019.

Scientific name: Solidago puberula Nutt.

Common name(s): downy goldenrod

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

-stems have fine hairs

-reaches 1-3 feet in height

-flowerheads are 3/8 inch tall, in a cluster roughly 1 inch wide

-leaves are

  • simple
  • alternate

– many goldenrod species in New England, and closely related species may hybridize.  May be confused with S. nemoralis, whose flowerheads arch or nod at the apex; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage


-sandy soils






Go Botany. “Solidago Puberula Nutt.” Solidago Puberula (Downy Goldenrod): Go Botany, 2021,

Conneticut Botanical Society. “ Downy Goldenrod Solidago Puberula Nutt. .” Conneticut Plants, Mar. 2015,