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Solidago speciosa (Showy goldenrod)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.2m
Max height
0.9m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Solidago speciosa

Other names

Showy goldenrod

Genus

Solidago Solidago

Species

S. speciosa - S. speciosa is an erect, unbranched, deciduous perennial with red-flushed stems bearing oblong, elliptic, or narrowly lance-shaped, grey-green leaves and panicles of tiny, bright yellow flowers in late summer and early autumn.


Solidago speciosa is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Erect

Flower

Bright-yellow in Summer; Bright-yellow in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering.

Propagation

Divide every 2-3 years to maintain vigour.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Solidago speciosa (Showy goldenrod) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.9m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Prairie planting, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile soil in full sun. Tolerates poor, dry soil. Drought tolerant once established. Stems tend to flop if soil is too wet or too fertile.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Solidago speciosa

Other names

Showy goldenrod

Genus

Solidago Solidago

Species

S. speciosa - S. speciosa is an erect, unbranched, deciduous perennial with red-flushed stems bearing oblong, elliptic, or narrowly lance-shaped, grey-green leaves and panicles of tiny, bright yellow flowers in late summer and early autumn.

Native to

Central United States, Eastern United States

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Erect


Colour

Flower

Bright-yellow in Summer; Bright-yellow in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering.

Propagation

Divide every 2-3 years to maintain vigour.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Solidago speciosa (Showy goldenrod) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.9m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Prairie planting, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile soil in full sun. Tolerates poor, dry soil. Drought tolerant once established. Stems tend to flop if soil is too wet or too fertile.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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