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Solidago sphacelata

Phonetic Spelling
so-li-DAY-go spass-el-LAH-tuh
Description

Heart-leaved Goldenrod is a native perennial in the daisy family that is commonly found in dry rocky forests.  It can become mildly invasive, spreading by rhizomes and wind blown seeds.  Deadheading prior to flowering will help control the spread of its seeds.  To encourage more blooms, remove the spent clusters of flowers.  

The flowers bloom on only one side of the branch.  

Blooming the same time of year as ragweed, goldenrod is erroneously thought to cause allergies.    

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Powdery mildew, leaf spot and leaf rust may be issues affecting this plant.  Aphids, beetles are minor problems.

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Tags:
#drought tolerant#native perennial#herbaceous#NC native#deer resistant#herbaceous perennial#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#rocky soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#food source hard-mast fruit#dry soils tolerant#audubon#erosion tolerant#shallow soil tolerant
 
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Tags:
#drought tolerant#native perennial#herbaceous#NC native#deer resistant#herbaceous perennial#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#rocky soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#food source hard-mast fruit#dry soils tolerant#audubon#erosion tolerant#shallow soil tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Solidago
    Species:
    sphacelata
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    U.S.A.
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from September to November
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Blooms from July to October with many small flowers clustered along the stems.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Heart shaped basal leaves have long petioles.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Erosion
    Problems:
    Weedy