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Showy Goldenrod
Solidago speciosa

Unlike other Goldenrod species, the flower clusters of Showy Goldenrod don't droop and stay erect. It prefers dry, sandy, sunny conditions and is a pollinator favorite.

USDA symbol: SOSP2

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height3 to 5 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorYellow
Showy Goldenrod (Showy Goldenrod<div><em class="small">Solidago speciosa</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceGeneral Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsAugust to September
Larval Host ofBees
Specific Pollinators HostedNumerous bee species
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Stem Nesting, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Erosion Control, Rain Garden, Restoration
Coefficient of Conservatism7
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAnoka, Becker, Beltrami, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nobles, Norman, Otter Tail, Pine, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Roseau, Sherburne, Stearns, Steele, Swift, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Washington, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands