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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.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

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.

Wildlife and Ecology: Attracts native bees and other beneficial insects. Valuable source of insects for birds.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed and division.

References: Miami-Dade County Landscape Manual (2005).

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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