Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Showy Goldenrod

Solidago speciosa
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland, Prairie
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Yellow
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Pollinators, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

36 to
48
inches

Spread:

18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 36 to
48
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 36 to
48
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Grow in wildflower meadows, prairies and butterfly gardens. Excellent cut flower.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in full sun in slightly dry to slightly moist soil. Very adaptable.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

Very showy clusters of bright yellow flowers on stiff reddish stems with narrow leaves. Clump forming plants bloom in late summer and early fall. The vertical flower clusters go well with rough blazing stars, New England aster, and other tall species.Part of our Pollinator Buffet plant tag series.

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