- Common Name(s):
- Showy goldenrod
- Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Showy Goldenrod is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 3 feet. As the common name suggests, this is one of the most showy golderods. It has upright stems that host foot-long rods of golden yellow flowers in the early fall. Showy goldenrod tolerates drought and clay soil well and will naturalize in a landscape. It provides great contrast to a garden in the late summer early fall. Removing spent flower clusters encourages more bloom. Goldenrods have been wrongfully accused of causing hay fever which is actually an allergic reaction to wind-borne pollen from other plants such as ragweed.
Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Seasons of Interest:
Bloom: Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall
Wildlife Value: Showy goldenrod is moderately deer resistant. Flowers are attractive to butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Songbirds eat the seeds. Members of the genus Solidago support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) asteris, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) braccata, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) canadensis, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticincta, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) nubecula, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) simplex, Perdita (Perdita) octomaculata, Melissodes (Eumelissodes) fumosus, Colletes simulans, and Colletes solidaginis.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Rust, powdery mildew, and leaf spot may occur. The plant may need to be divided every 2 years to manage size.
This plant may be confused with: Any other goldenrod speices Solidago spp.
- Late summer into fall
- 2-7 ft.
- Flower Color:
- 4 to 10 in. elliptical, lightly toothed leaves; upper leaves are narrow smaller and unstalked, they are attached to reddish stems
- Dense pyramidal or club-shaped terminal cluster of small yellow flower heads
- Open woods, prairies, thickets
- Poor, dry
- Central and eastern United States
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2742