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Solidago flexicaulis L.
Zigzag goldenrod, Broadleaf goldenrod
Synonym(s): Solidago latifolia
USDA Symbol: SOFL2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
This woodland goldenrod, with erect, somewhat zig-zag stems, bears small flower heads on short axillary stalks from the upper leaves. The plant is 8-48 in. tall with pointed, alternate, oval leaves that are coarsely toothed.
This goldenrod attracts butterflies.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
Normally 2 to 4 feet high Leaf:
White Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, WV Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution:
Que. to e. ND,
s. to GA, AR
& n.e. KS,
mostly in mountains Native Habitat:
Sandy stream banks; rich woods; slopes
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Various rich, mesic, acid soils. Tolerates lime.
Conditions Comments: Very easy care for a woodland plant, it does not require mulching as it is adapted to dry conditions.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Good for subtle autumn color
Use Wildlife: Flowers attract butterflies. Seeds attract Swamp Sparrows, Pine Siskins, and Meadow Mice.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Description: Fresh seed or root division. will spread on its own.
Seed Collection: Seeds ripen soon after plant blooms.
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DEMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-09
Research By: TWC Staff