Slender Flattop Goldenrod (Euthamia caroliniana)

Educational Story

The Slender Flattop Goldenrod, Euthamia caroliniana, is a fall-flowering herbaceous perennial plant that produces flowers similar to flowers of the typical goldenrod genus, Solidago. The small yellow flowers have a more elegant and ethereal form than a typical goldenrod, but are equally attractive to bees and other pollinators.  It flowers from July into October and offers a beautiful yellow fluffy addition to the Florida landscape. The stalk has tiny grasslike leaves, with a single vein, that give the stalk a feathery appearance.  The plant is widespread in eastern North America, and occurs as far north as the coastal plains of Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Gardening Facts

Scientific Name: Euthamia caroliniana
Common Name: Slender Flattop Goldenrod
Description of facts and concepts: Common weed found in pastures
Seed or division information: Seeds and has a creeping rhizome root system
Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): Fall and early winter
Ecoregion: Throughout coastal eastern US, mesic flatwoods, wetland depressions, disturbed sites
Color of Flower: Yellow
Height: 1-3 feet
Spread: 2 feet
Family: Aster
Soil Type: Base to Acidic Acidic
Soil: Dry to Wet Wet
Light: Sun to Shade Part Sun to Full Sun
Zone 5A-10B