Giant Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea) in the Goldenrods Database

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Botanical names:
Solidago gigantea Accepted
Solidago serotinoides Synonym
Solidago serotina Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 - 60 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 24 inches
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 3 months at 40 degrees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects

Kentucky state flower

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Oct 17, 2014 10:44 PM

State flower of KY. Beautiful in the fall and the bees love the flowers for nectar.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Feb 7, 2014 11:07 PM

This Goldenrod was made the state flower of Nebraska in 1895.
The flowers and leaves are edible.

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Nov 15, 2011 10:49 PM

Goldenrod is native to the US. It's a perennial herb growing 20 - 40 inches tall with narrow dark green leaves that can be up to 5 inches long. The flowerhead clusters bloom in my area (Kentucky) in September.

The yellow flowerheads are a good source of yellow dye.

It was once badly maligned as a cause of hay fever, but its pollen is not airborne. Its pollen is carried by bees and other insects. It blooms at the same time as ragweed, though the flowers of ragweed are not noticeable. Ragweed pollen is airborne, and is the cause of hay fever.

Goldenrod is the state flower of Kentucky.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 11, 2012 5:14 PM

Valuable source of nectar and golden pollen for honey bees in the US.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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I don't think we planted this. by Muddy1 May 26, 2018 6:08 PM 5
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Solidago #2 by upat5 Aug 4, 2016 10:25 AM 0
Solidago #1 by upat5 Aug 5, 2016 8:07 AM 3
Fall Swap Haves and Wants Thread by Catmint20906 Sep 9, 2016 9:21 PM 201
Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) by Chillybean Aug 10, 2015 11:05 AM 9
Goldenrod 'Fireworks' died after 3 years by frankrichards16 Oct 3, 2013 10:10 AM 7
First time visiting this forum by TennesseeDave Sep 30, 2013 5:55 PM 15
I should know this one!! by Marylyn Jun 28, 2013 6:43 PM 10

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