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Showy Goldenrod

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Masses of bright yellow flowers in club shaped clusters, atop stiff red stems with narrow leaves; showy color in the garden when little else is blooming; attracts butterflies; looks good in containers; great for native plant gardens, or naturalizing

Characteristics

Species:
speciosa
Average Landscape Height:
24 inches (3 feet with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Genus:
Solidago
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
deadhead
Spacing:
30 inches
Flower Color:
lemon
Flower Form:
star
Flower Period:
from mid summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
average
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Showy Goldenrod is smothered in stunning clusters of lemon yellow star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The brick red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Showy Goldenrod is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Showy Goldenrod will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

Showy Goldenrod is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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