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Solidago sphacelata ‘Golden Fleece’

Native Plants

Golden Fleece Autumn Goldenrod

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A Mt. Cuba Center Plant Introduction. Solidago sphacelata ‘Golden Fleece’ has bright golden wands of flowers on compact plants that create a spectacular display in early autumn. The broadly rounded basal foliage also creates an effective groundcovers when planted in mass. ‘Golden Fleece’ performs best in full sun with average moisture but is tolerant of a range of conditions from sunny and dry to partial shade. It works well in perennial border or meadow along with companions such as for Andropogon virginicus, Schizachyrium scoparium, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’, and Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve ‘Bluebird’.


‘Golden Fleece’ was discovered in 1985 as a spontaneous garden seedling in Eden, North Carolina. It was evaluated under diverse conditions at Mt. Cuba Center and determined to be a low-growing, compact form of Solidago sphacelata. ‘Golden Fleece’ was introduced in 1989 and even won the International Syaden-Union’s Award for an outstanding new plant in Swizterland in 1994.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry 
  • Flowering Period
    early-fall, late-summer, mid-fall
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  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color