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Solidago speciosa is often confused with:
Solidago Flower
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Solidago rugosa Solidago rugosa
Solidago uliginosa Solidago uliginosa
Solidago bicolor Solidago bicolor

Solidago speciosa

Common Name(s):

Description

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. 

Fire Risk: This plant has a medium flammability rating. 

Seasons of Interest:

     Bloom: Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall

 

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.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#bees#butterflies#birds#drought tolerant#fall flowers#perennial#herbs#wildlife plant#wildflowers#honey bees#nectar plant#native bees#fall interest#clay soil#specialized bees#fire#medium flammability#deer resistant#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#birds#drought tolerant#fall flowers#perennial#herbs#wildlife plant#wildflowers#honey bees#nectar plant#native bees#fall interest#clay soil#specialized bees#fire#medium flammability#deer resistant#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Solidago
    Species:
    speciosa
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and eastern United States
    Fire Risk Rating:
    medium flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    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.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Showy goldenrod is moderately deer resistant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Description:
    Dense pyramidal or club-shaped terminal cluster of small yellow flower heads
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    4 to 10 in. elliptical, lightly toothed leaves; upper leaves are narrow smaller and unstalked, they are attached to reddish stems
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Diseases
    Drought