Solidago speciosa (Showy goldenrod)
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.
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.