Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
As the common name implies, this goldenrod blooms in an impressive plume of golden flowers. Tolerant of dry, poor soil- it will grow taller in fertile soils and may need staking. Valuable to pollinators and as star a host plant as other goldenrods, it is a lovely and easy way to diversify gardens.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Soil Type: Loam, Sand, Rocky
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Sep-Oct
Root Type: Fibrous
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract mainly bees, wasps, and beetles, occasionally butterflies and moths. Like other goldenrods, it is a potential host to at least 45 species of moth, including the ruby tiger moth and goldenrod flower moth, and many other smaller insects. Goldfinches eat seeds to a limited extent. Foliage is occasionally browsed by a wide variety of herbivores.