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Giant goldenrod
Solidago leavenworthii
Asteraceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Medium to large herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
About 3-4 feet in height. Spreading and forming small patches broader than tall.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Widespread in North America south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland.
Habitats:
Pinelands and hammock margins.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
Yellow.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy spikes.
Flowering Season:
Summer-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous achene.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed and division.
Comments:
The leaves can be used to make a tea. Goldenrods are not a cause of hay fever as has been suggested.


 


George D. Gann
George D. Gann
George D. Gann