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Solidago speciosa

Showy Goldenrod

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One of the showiest of our many native goldenrods; it blooms late summer to fall and provides an important nectar source for pollinators.

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One of the showiest of our many native goldenrods. Tiny flowers grow clustered together forming a dense yellow plume atop attractive red stems. Blooms continue throughout the summer, from July-September, and possibly later into the fall. Showy Goldenrod grows naturally in dry sandy, clay or loamy soils of open woodlands, meadows and fields, in full or partial sun. Moist soil spurs growth and encourages spread. May need to be divided every 2 to 3 years to control growth in a garden setting. Contrast the showy yellow colors in a perennial border or native garden with a fall flowering companion plant such as Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium).

Wildlife Value: Showy goldenrod, and all native goldenrods, are important fall nectar sources for pollinators, including bees and migrating butterflies. *Goldenrods are insect pollinated; they have relatively large, sticky pollen grains that do not take flight with the wind, and therefore do not cause “hay fever”.

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Summer, Late Summer to Fall

Bloom Colors: Yellow

Deer Resistance: Some

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Sandy, Clay

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Drought Tolerance: High

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 2 - 4 ft

Spread: 2 - 4 ft

Growth Rate: Medium