Solidago nana Nutt.
Very hardy perennial. Short in stature, about 12" tall, spread of about 10". The leaves are dark green. Golden yellow flowers appear in mid summer. Begins blooming towards the end of July. Grows where there is plenty of sun in moist to dry meadows and swales and open or sparsely wooded slopes from the lowlands to middle elevations in the mountains. Found in southeastern Idaho. Wyeth reported finding on the upper braches of the Missouri.
An infusion of the dried powdered herb can be used. as an antiseptic. .
Mustard, orange and brown dyes can be obtained from the whole plant.
Succeeds in any moderately fertile moisture retentive soil in sun or semi-shade. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in any moderately fertile moisture retentive soil in sun or semi-shade. Seed should be sown in the spring in a cold frame. Only just cover the seed and do not allow the compost to become dry. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on for their first winter in pots. Plant them out into their permanent positions in spring or early summer. Division in spring or autumn. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.
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