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Showy Goldenrod

Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

Showy Goldenrod
(Solidago speciosa)


  • 3 to 5 feet


  • August to September


  • Native
  • Perennial


  • Full sun to part sun (prefers some shade)

Soil moisture:

  • Medium to dry

Provides food for:

  • Native bees (flowers)
  • Honey bees (flowers)
  • Butterflies (flowers)
  • Hummingbirds (flowers, insects)
  • Caterpillars (foliage)
  • Songbirds (seeds, caterpillars and other insects)


  • Excellent fall nectar source.
  • Clump forming goldenrod that doesn’t spread as aggressively as many other goldenrod species and therefore is a good choice for garden settings.
  • Stems have reddish cast to them.

Native Range:

USDA range map for Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
Map credit: USDA Plants Database

Relevant Backyard Ecology Resources: