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Solidago flexicaulis

Native Plants

Broad-Leaf Goldenrod

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A truly shade tolerant goldenrod, Solidago flexicaulis is a good choice for the woodland garden, where its bright yellow flowers and vigorous, rhizomatous growth habit are an asset. The flower heads appear in late summer to early fall in narrow clusters at the tips of the stems and in the leaf axils. Easily recognized because of the zig-zag appearance of its stems and broadly oval, coarsely toothed leaves, it grows 1-3’ tall and prefers fertile, loamy, well-drained soil. Deadheading is recommended to prevent abundant self-seeding. Pair with Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Heuchera villosa, Aconitum uncinatum, and Chrysogonum virginianum for a stunning fall display.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-fall, late-summer
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Other Common Names
    zig-zag goldenrod 
  • Fruit/Seed Color