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Goldenrod spp. - Soldiago spp.

Goldenrod spp. - Soldiago spp.


•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Goldenrod species vary in size depending on the species, but they typically range from small to medium-sized herbaceous perennials, reaching heights of about 1 to 6 feet tall.

•Phenology: Perennial herbaceous plants with tall spikes of small yellow flowers that bloom in late summer to fall.

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Late summer to fall

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Deciduous

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy or loamy soils; tolerant of various soil types

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 5.5-7.0)

•Moisture Requirements: Tolerant of drought once established; prefers moderately moist soil

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Native plant gardens, butterfly gardens, pollinator gardens, naturalized areas, as a cut flower

•Maintenance Tips: Low maintenance; deadhead spent flowers to prolong blooming period; may benefit from dividing clumps every few years to rejuvenate plant vigor

•Considerations: Goldenrod species are highly attractive to pollinators, especially bees and butterflies, and provide important habitat and food for various wildlife species.

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; typically not preferred by deer or rabbits

•Edible: While not typically consumed by humans, some species of Goldenrod have edible parts and have historically been used in herbal teas and remedies.

•Medicinal Uses: Historically used by Native American tribes and early settlers for various medicinal purposes, including as a treatment for colds and flu.

•Toxicity to Pets: Not known to be toxic to pets, but ingestion of large quantities of plant material may cause gastrointestinal upset.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Goldenrod species are often found growing alongside other native plants in various habitats, including species such as Asters (Symphyotrichum spp.) and Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.).

•Wildlife Benefit: Attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies; provides habitat and food for insects, birds, and other wildlife.

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