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Giant goldenrod
Solidago leavenworthii
Asteraceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann

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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.


Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann


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