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Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod) is of special value to bees and butterflies. This is the showiest of the goldenrods but still spreads somewhat aggressively through rhizomes and self-seeding, so carefully watch in your naturalizing garden.

Northeast Pollinator Plants

Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod)

$ 5.99
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Common Name:  Showy Goldenrod

Attracts:  Bees, Butterflies, Birds and Larval Host

Use:  Naturalizing

Light:  Full Sun to Part Sun

Hardiness Zone:  3 to 8  USDA Zone Map

Soils:  Dry to Moist

Flower Time:  Late July - September

Flower Color:  Golden Yellow

Height:  2' - 3'

Notes:  Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod) is, as the common name suggests, the showiest of the goldenrods and not nearly as aggressive as some, but definitely best in a naturalized setting.

Host plant of VT Bee Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN):
Andrena braccata (Beach Miner bee)
Andrena canadensis (Canada Miner bee)
Andrena peckhami (Peckham's Miner bee)
Bombus affinis (Rusty-Patched Bumble bee) presumed extinct!
Bombus ashtoni (Ashton's Cuckoo Bumble bee) presumed extinct!
Bombus citrinus (Lemon Cuckoo Bumble bee
Bombus fervidus (Golden Northern Bumble bee)
Bombus pensylvanicus (American Bumble bee)
Bombus terricola (Yellow-Banded Bumble bee)
Bombus rufocinctus (Red-Belted Bumble bee)
Bombus flavidus (Yellowish Cuckoo Bumble bee)
Colletes kincaidii (Kincaid's Cellophane bee)
Colletes solidaginis (Goldenrod Cellophane bee)
Dianthidium simile (Northeastern Pebble bee) presumed extinct!
Lasioglossum novascotiae (Nova Scotia Metallic-Sweat bee)
Lasioglossum tenax (Tenacious Metallic-Sweat bee)
Nomada banksi (Banks' Nomad bee)
Nomada Electa (Elect Nomad bee)

Native to east of the Rockies, rare in PA and NJ:  Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North American Plant Atlas (NAPA).

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