Widely adaptable, Stiff Goldenrod, thrives in the most inhospitable soils and tolerates a range of conditions from clay to dry sand. An important source of nectar for many pollinators, the flowers are favorite of Monarch butterflies as they fuel-up for their fall migration. The stems serve as perches for songbirds, and the seeds are an important late season bird food.

This goldenrod self-seeds readily, and removal of the seed heads may be needed in smaller settings as a way to control unwanted spread. An important habitat species in the fall landscape, include Stiff Goldenrod in the garden or landscape for its important ecosystem services and its glowing beauty.