Showy Goldenrod

Solidago speciosa

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solidago (so-li-DAY-go) (Info)
Species: speciosa (spee-see-OH-suh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Pacific Junction, Iowa

Kansas City, Missouri

Selden, New York

Bowling Green, Ohio

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wayne, Pennsylvania

Leesburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 7, 2016, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I planted one specimen I bought from a native plant nursery in southeast Pennsylvania. It is doing well after a year and a half in silty-clay soil, and blooms August into October, making a great pollinator plant like other Goldenrods. It is native in woodland openings, meadows, and prairies from southern Minnesota through Michigan and through New York to Massachusetts and southward to around the Gulf of Mexico.


On Jul 23, 2007, dkm65 from Cedar Falls, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

One of the most attractive solidagos IMHO, with it tall, full columnar or pyramidal flower spikes. More flower to foliage ratio than most other solidago, and looks appropriate in a garden as well as large wild settings. The listings claim it grows 1-3 feet, but we've gotten some 4-5 footers even before flowering, and one major prairie native plant nursery also lists the height at 5 feet. Looks great with tall, blue native asters like sky blue aster (A. azureus/A. oolentangiense/Symphiotrichum oolentangiense) & smooth aster (A. laevis/S. laeve), which bloom during the same period.

Drought tolerant, and attracts pollinators (bees, beetles, & some butterflies & moths) in droves. Seeds are sometimes eaten by American goldfinches & greater prairie chickens, although it's not ... read more


On Oct 24, 2006, solidago_caesia from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

This plant has thrived under fairly challenging circumstances. I planted it in the most impoverished clay soil, though certainly well drained. Further, I permitted a bean plant to vine over it. (I get a kick out of permitting beans and tomatoes to act as weeds in my otherwise native American yard, because it makes my whining about the weeds more amusing.) I think I would advise against putting it in soil that it would like, but it's quite quite delightful in well drained clay which puts a damper on the goldenrod tendency to spread.


On Aug 10, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Showy goldenrod is a deer resistant, native rhizomatous plant that inhabits almost all of North America. Preferring sandy to loamy soil, it can grow in poor dry soils as well as medium wet soils as long as the soil is well drained. It can be found in fields, open woods, meadows, prairies, along roadsides and in thickets reaching a height of between 2 and 3 feet and between 2 and 3 feet wide. Thriving best in full sun, it can tolerate very light shade.

The lance-shaped, toothed, hairy leaves densely alternate along upright reddish colored stalks from ground level to club-shaped, terminal, clustered flower heads which occur from late July through October. The thick, branching heads have tiny bright yellow flowers. To prolong blooming, remove the s... read more