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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Solidago speciosa Nutt.
USDA Symbol: SOSP2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
The erect, usually unbranched, reddish stems of this perennial are 1-5 ft. tall and occur singly or in clusters. Small, yellow flowers occur in a compact, erect, pyramidal column. A stout stem, smooth below and rough above, bearing a dense, pyramidal or club-shaped, terminal cluster of small yellow flower heads.
This is one of the showiest of about 125 species of goldenrod that occur throughout the United States; they are most common in the East.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep
, WY Canada: ON Native Distribution: MA
mts., w. to WY
& TX Native Habitat:
Open woods; prairies
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Rocky or clay soils.
Conditions Comments: This very showy goldenrod can become aggressive in moist soils.
BenefitUse Wildlife: This species attracts butterflies.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Seed germination may be increased with stratification, but this pre-treatment is not absolutely necessary. If planting untreated seed, be sure it is fresh. Propagate also by division.
Seed Collection: Collect in October.
Seed Treatment: Cold-moist or dry stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff