• Solidago speciosa

    Showy goldenrod

Solidago speciosa

Showy goldenrod Description:

Solidago speciosa, commonly known as showy goldenrod, is a native North American wildflower species that belongs to the Asteraceae family. This tall and upright perennial plant is known for its stunning display of bright yellow flowers that bloom in late summer and early fall, adding a burst of color to prairie gardens, natural areas, and other wild landscapes. Solidago speciosa is a hardy and adaptable plant that can grow in a variety of conditions, including dry and moist soils, making it a popular choice for gardeners and landscapers looking for a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plant.

Apart from its ornamental value, Solidago speciosa has medicinal properties and has been used for centuries by Native Americans to treat various ailments such as fever, colds, and sore throats. The plant's roots and leaves contain compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, making it a valuable plant for traditional medicine. Additionally, Solidago speciosa has ecological value, as it provides food and habitat for various species of wildlife. Its nectar and pollen attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and other insects, and its seeds are a food source for birds and small mammals. Overall, Solidago speciosa is a valuable and versatile plant species that adds beauty, ecological value, and medicinal properties to prairie gardens, natural areas, and other wild landscapes.

Native Range:

Showy goldenrod is found growing from West-central United States all the way to the East coast. 

Standard Plant Information:

Plant Height: 1' - 5' 

Bloom Time: July - October

Preferred Habitat: Does well in full sun and dry sandy soil. Often found in prairies, savannas, and woodland edges.


For most homeowners, the best option is to scatter seed on the ground by hand broadcasting at a minimum of 16-64 pls ounces per acre.  For even coverage, we recommend that you broadcast seed in perpendicular rows across the site to ensure even coverage.

You’ll want to broadcast any grass seed first, which will get raked into the soil lightly. Next, it is ideal to mulch the area lightly with either a clean (no seed) straw or preferably with our native Little Bluestem straw, sold at our retail garden centers. After a light mulching is complete, now it’s time to broadcast your native wildflower seeds, which should not be raked into the soil. A good rain or watering is sufficient to cover the seed.


Simply dig a hole in the soil slightly larger than the plant’s roots. Ensure that the soil line of the plant is maintained during the transfer (i.e. the plant should be at the same level with the ground as it was in the pot). Pack any loose dirt back around the plant and make sure you water it well the same day to ensure it has the best chance of survival.

maps used with permission from MN Wildflowers

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