Goldenrod

Solidago flexicaulis

Photo/Illustration: 
C. Colston Burrell
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Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)
Genus:  Solidago
This species is aptly named for its distinctive crooked stems that bend back and forth at 45° angles between nodes. It bears starry, medium-yellow flowers atop 1- to 3-foot tall stems. 
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Solidago reliably provides end-of-season color in blazing shades of yellow to the wild garden or naturalistic plantings. 
Care:  Grow in lean to moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. Deadhead to prevent prolific self-seeding.
Propagation:  Divide in spring or fall.
Problems:  Spot anthracnose, powdery mildew, rust, fungal spots.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower,
Naturalizing,
Roadside
Style
Herb Garden,
Meadow Garden,
Rock Garden,
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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