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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Sunset zones: All.
Height: 2-5 feet(40-150 cm).
Width: 3 feet (91 cm).
Late summer into fall.
Plume-like sprays of bright golden yellow flowers.
Saw-toothed lance shaped green leaves.
Dryish to well-drained soil.
Please don't feed the goldenrods.
Sow seed in late winter to spring.
Divide in early spring.
Rainy Side Notes
Solidago behaves itself better in dry, poor soil. The color burst of golden yellow in late summer is dramatic. Mine grow 5 feet tall and are neglected except to curb it's wandering habit and cut the dead stalks down in winter. Easy to start from seed.
It is widely believed that Goldenrod causes hayfever. It blooms at about the same time as ragweed. Since goldenrod's flowers are quite noticeable, it gets the blame instead of the less conspicuous plant—ragweed.
Good plant for the drought garden. The bees swarm it while it's in bloom.
Photographed in author's garden.