Canada goldenrod is a member of the Solidago family. Its botanical name is Solidago canadensis.
Solidago canadensis is a highly variable species.
It is native to North America an has spread in a number of European countries after introduction as an ornamental plant from about 1650. It’s an invasive weed in many parts of Europe and China.
Height: from short to tall.
Leaves are alternate, lance-shaped, slightly smaller towards the apex of the plant. Several flowering stems emerge from the top of the plant in the form of a panicle bearing masses of tiny yellow flowers in compact heads.
The root system is very deep and fibrous, producing creeping rhizomes that cause the plants to cluster, sometimes forming dense colonies.
This plant is highly attractive to butterflies.
The flower spikes make great cut flowers, and also dry well when hung upside down for winter indoor flower arrangements.
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United States is believed to be where Canada goldenrod originates from.
Canada goldenrod is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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It prefers moist conditions and medium textured soils. Canada goldenrod usually does not establish on very wet or dry sites, and it is fairly intolerant of shade.A full sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 3 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Canada goldenrod needs a soil ph of 6.1 to 7.8 (weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil). Canada goldenrod is generally regarded as a hardy plant, so this plant will grow or become dormant during the winter.
Goldenrod germinates readily in spring from fall-sown seed.
It propagate easily also from fragments of rhizome planted into potting or topsoil, where they should be kept moist until well rooted.
The plant can be also started indoors in late winter, under lights or in a sunny window, and set them out after heavy frosts pass.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Canada goldenrod so consider planting:
purple Aster, white heath Aster: a beautiful sight during fall.
These plants will not grow well with Canada goldenrod so avoid planting these within close proximity:
Avoid garden plants of modest to weak constitution because goldenrod spreads readily and will overwhelm them.
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Canada goldenrod plants:
The name Solidago comes from two Latin words ‘solido’, meaning “to strengthen or make whole,” and ‘ago’, meaning “to make.” The name is referred to the medicinal characteristics the flower possesses.
Contrary to popular belief, goldenrod does not cause hay fever. Allergies are generally triggered by ragweed which blooms at the same time as goldenrod, but does not have noticeable flowers.
Solidago canadensis L.