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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Solidago speciosa Nutt.
USDA Symbol: SOSP2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AL , AR , CO , CT , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY Canada: ON Native Distribution:
MA to GA mts., w. to WY & TX Native Habitat:
Open woods; prairies USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
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
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, DENative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff