Solidago speciosa

Solidago speciosa, commonly called showy goldenrod, is a rhizomatous, Missouri native perennial which typically occurs in dry soils in open woods, fields and prairies throughout most of the State except the Ozark region. Features tiny, bright yellow flowers borne in dense, erect, club-shaped terminal clusters atop stiff, narrow-leaved, reddish stems typically growing 2-3′ tall. Flowers bloom mid to late summer. As the common name suggests, this species is one of the showiest of the many goldenrods. Goldenrods have been wrongly accused of causing hay fever which is actually an allergic reaction to wind-borne pollen from other plants such as ragweed. Attractive to bees and butterflies.

USES: Provides good color and contrast in late summer for the perennial border, wild garden, prairie, meadow, native plant garden or naturalized area.

SPECS: Native Name: XXXX; Genus: Solidago ; Species: Speciosa ; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun; Soil Moisture: Mesic (middle), Medium Dry, Dry; Height: 2′ — 3′; Spread: 3′; Plant Spacing: 0′; Bloom Time: July — September; Bloom Color: Yellow; Advantages: Showy; USDA Zone: 3 — 8; Attracts: Butterflies; Tolerant: Clay, Deer, Drought; Plant Community: Carolina lupine (Thermopsis villosa), Smooth blue aster (Aster laevis), Blue false indigo (Baptisia australis), Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium), Hyssop leaved boneset (Eupatorium hyssopifolium), Tall, Rough blazing star (Liatris aspera) & Heath aster (Aster ericoides);