Showy Goldenrod

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Among the most dramatic of all the Solidago species, Showy Goldenrod sports torch-like wands of brilliant ochre yellow flowers in mid to late summer. Goldenrods long-lasting blooms an abundance of pollen attracts bees and beneficial insects,making it ideal for pollinator gardens. This rugged, easy-to-grow native plant will naturalize to form a large swath to brighten your late-season landscape. (Solidago)
Zones 3 - 8
Attract Butterflies
Easy To Grow
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 24-36" tall , 24-36" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
(24-36" high x 24-36" wide) Tall clusters of ochre yellow flowers make Showy Goldenrod a beacon for pollinators, perfectly complementing the Coneflowers, Sedums, Asters, and Joe Pye Weed that often bloom nearby. Alas, poor Goldenrod has been wrongly accused of causing hay fever or allergies, which are in fact instigated by the lightweight, wind-blown pollen of grasses, trees, and certain perennials such as ragweed that bloom in a similar season. Goldenrod, on the other hand, produces heavy, sticky pollen and relies on pollinators to move the pollen from flower to flower. Rugged and easy to grow, goldenrod spreads by underground rhizomes to form a large, long-lived stand. Plant it in a spot in full sun and well-drained soil, where this deer-resistant native  has room to spread. Tolerates clay soils. Hardy in zones 3-8.
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Associated SKUsAM018937
AM018896 (Plant - 3" Pot) - Out of stock.
AM018921 (Tray of 16) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Showy Goldenrod
Botanical Name
Solidago speciosa
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Narrow lance shaped green foliage.
Soil Type
Clay Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Well Draining
Dry Sites
Attract Butterflies, Easy To Grow, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Additional Information
Deadheading spent flowers will encourage more blooms. Does not cause hayfever due to the large and sticky pollen that can't become airborne.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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