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Bigelowia nuttallii

Native Plants

Nuttall’s Rayless-Goldenrod

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Summary

The adorable and virtually unknown Nuttall’s rayless-goldenrod (Bigelowia nuttallii) is very much at home in any rock garden. From mid summer through autumn, soft clusters of bright yellow flowers float over small tufts of soft green, thread-like foliage. This tough evergreen plant is well adapted to sunny, dry, and exposed areas. It slowly forms dense crowns creating a sea of yellow at a time of year when few other plants are flowering. Though quite showy, Nuttall’s rayless-goldenrod only grows 10-15” tall. This plant is striking when combined with small-headed gayfeather (Liatris microcephala), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata), fire pink (Silene virginica), stiff-leaved aster (Ionactis linariifoliaus), and woodland tickseed (Coreopsis pulchra). Zones 5-9. 


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  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    evergreen 
  • Soil Moisture
    dry 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-summer-into-fall
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    yellow 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    tan, yellow