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  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information here to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.

~ Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod

Solidago speciosa

Showy Goldenrod

  • Average to very dry soils
  • Full Sun or very light shade
  • 60” tall, 24” to 36” wide
  • Late Summer to late fall bloom
  • Native to North America, Beginner Friendly, Meadow or Dry Meadow ecosystems

With a historical range that extends north to the southern shore of Lake Ontario, Showy Goldenrod is not considered to be historically native to Ontario based on the VASCAN database.

New to me, grown from seeds from the Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library, this species is reported to be slower to spread than most of the other large Goldenrod species, which may make them a better fit for some urban settings.

Their very showy plumes of tiny gold flower appear later than some other Goldenrod species, making these a good candidate for extending nectar and pollen availability into the late fall.

Please check out the Prairie Moon listing for this species https://www.prairiemoon.com/solidago-speciosa-showy-goldenrod-prairie-moon-nursery.html  for more details. 

Photos by Joshua Mayer and University of Michigan via Wikimedia Commons


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Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality
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