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Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod)

Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod


One of the showiest goldenrods, Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod) is a rhizomatous perennial forming an upright clump of stiff, narrow-leaved, reddish stems. Blooming for about a month in late summer to fall, they bear dense, pyramidal, terminal clusters, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), packed with tiny, bright yellow flowers. The blossoms occasionally have a mild fragrance. The flowering stems do not curve outward and downward like most other goldenrods, but are held erect or curve upward. Attractive to bees, beetles, birds and butterflies, Showy Goldenrod provides a bold splash of color in the late season garden. Easy to grow, low care and trouble free, this goldenrod species spreads at a moderate rate from underground rhizomes. It is a good choice for a wildflower meadow or cottage garden.

  • Grows up to 3-5 ft. tall (90-150 cm) and 3-4 ft. wide (90-120 cm). Will spread by creeping rhizomes and self-seeding, but is not considered to be invasive.
  • Performs best in full sun or light shade in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. It is not fussy about soils and tolerates dry soils, poor soils, rocky soils, and clay soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • This very showy goldenrod can become aggressive in moist soils.
  • A beautiful plant for beds and borders, cottage gardens, wildlife gardens or wildflower meadows.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to promote additional bloom.
  • Divide every 2 to 3 years to control growth.
  • Propagate by seed or by division.
  • Native to the central and eastern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Solidago - Goldenrods
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Wyoming, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Solidago - Goldenrods
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Wyoming, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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