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Goldenrod Solidago stricta

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Other plants called Goldenrod:

Phonetic Spelling
so-li-DAY-go STRIK-tah
Description

Solidago stricta, or Goldenrod, is an herbaceous perennial wildflower. Goldenrod easily grows in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun and is native to sandy pine barrens and wet coastal plain areas from New Jersey to Texas. It can be grown from seed and will self-seed in the garden. It is a rhizomatous, spreading plant and may need some control through annual cutbacks.

The Goldenrod genus contains about 120 species, many of which share similar traits for flower color, form, and other characteristics. For this reason, Solidago stricta, which is commonly called wand-like Goldenrod, can be confused with other species of Goldenrod. Goldenrod tolerates deer and clay soil and attracts bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Goldenrod was thought to cause hay fever. However, the true culprit responsible for the wind-blown pollen that causes the allergic reaction is ragweed.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Rust, powdery mildew, and leaf spot can occur. Plants can be aggressive in optimum growing conditions.

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#yellow#fall flowers#perennial#wildflowers#yellow flowers#native perennial#orange flowers#fire#medium flammability#NC native#summer flowers#deer resistant#NC Native Pollinator Plant#clay soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#yellow#fall flowers#perennial#wildflowers#yellow flowers#native perennial#orange flowers#fire#medium flammability#NC native#summer flowers#deer resistant#NC Native Pollinator Plant#clay soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Solidago
    Species:
    stricta
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Central and Eastern USA
    Fire Risk Rating:
    medium flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    Attract butterflies and other pollinators.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    tolerates deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Mounding
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Goldenrod will blossom from August through October with narrow, erect, plume-like clusters (to 10 inches long) of yellow, daisy-like flowers that seem to climb up the length of stems rising to 3 to 6 feet tall.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are small, erect, and bract-like that press upward against the stem, giving a wand-like appearance.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Poor Soil