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Solidago speciosa

Native Plants

Showy Goldenrod

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Summary

Showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa) is an under-appreciated but very elegant goldenrod that should be used more in our gardens. It has beautiful soft yellow upright panicles of flowers atop 3-5’ tall stems with rich deep green foliage and blooms from mid-September to mid-October.  Showy goldenrod is clump-forming and not aggressive like some other species of goldenrod. It prefers full sun and well-drained conditions but is tolerant of many soil types. Showy goldenrod is lovely for the perennial border or the native meadow garden in combination with little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), broomsedge bluestem (Andropogon virginicus), prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), Bluebird smooth aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var.laeve‘Bluebird’),  shaggy gayfeather (Liatris pilosa), and Vivid obedient-plant (Physostegia virginiana‘Vivid’). Zones 3-8.  


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  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-dry 
  • Flowering Period
    early-to-mid-fall
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    yellow 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    green, tan