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Seaside goldenrod
Solidago sempervirens

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida

General Landscape Uses: Wildflower gardens.

Availability: Native plant nurseries. Available in Groveland at Green Isle Gardens (321-436-4932) and in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).

Description: Large herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 1-2 feet in height; 4-6 feet when in flower. Taller than broad when in flower.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Eastern and central United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys (where very rare); Bermuda, Bahamas, Cuba and Mexico.

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Habitats: Open coastal areas.

Soils: Seasonally wet to moist, moderately- to poorly-drained freshwater to brackish soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

Salt Water Tolerance: Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt 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.

Flower Color: Yellow.

Flower Characteristics: Showy spikes.

Flowering Season: All year; peak summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous achene.

Wildlife and Ecology: Nectar plant for monarch (Danaus plexippus) and other butterflies. Attracts bee pollinators. Birds feed on the insects.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

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. See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney, 1991
In habitat, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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