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The most beautiful of all the goldenrods the splendidly sculpted flower clusters of Solidago speciosa create a spectacular show in the late summer and fall.
Its foot-long wands of blazing yellow add prominence to any planting and it makes fabulous fresh cut flowers! Solidago speciosa is also an important late
season nectar source for butterflies and other pollinators. Growing in medium loam soils to very dry sand and attaining a height of three to five feet,
Showy Goldenrod makes a fine addition to the autumn garden!
NOTE: All Goldenrods are an important fall nectar source for many pollinators including the Monarch butterfly, so it is unfortunate
that these fall blooming natives are mistakenly blamed for hayfever. The pollen of Goldenrods is large and sticky which sticks to the bodies
of visiting insects. Because of this, goldenrod pollen cannot become airborne and can never make its way into your sinuses.
The true cause of hayfever is the wind pollinated ragweeds, which broadcast copious amounts of lightweight pollen into the air.
Attracts Butterflies, Honeybees & Songbirds!
Makes Great Cut Flowers!
Cold, moist stratification. Start at least 5 weeks before outdoor night temperatures are reliably in the 10 C (50 F) range. Mix the seed with a slightly moistened,
sterile, soil-less growing mix. Put this in a labelled, sealed plastic bag and store in a refrigerator for one day. The next day place this in the freezer for one day.
Repeat this for one week, alternating between the fridge and the freezer. After stratifying, plant seed 0.32 cm (1/8 inch) deep in pots. Keep moist but not soggy and
very warm (21 C - 70 F). When seedlings are 5 cm (2 inches) tall or more, transplant into the garden spaced 30 cm (1 foot) apart.
Plant seed 0.32 cm (1/8 inch) deep in a prepared seed bed in late fall so that the seed overwinters and germinates naturally in spring.
In late fall through to mid-winter fill plastic pots with a slightly moistened, sterile, soil-less growing mix. Plant seed 0.32 cm (1/8 inch) deep in pots and label
the pots. Place them outdoors in an area where they will experience the snow and cold of winter. The seed will germinate in the pots in spring as the weather warms up.
Be sure to water the pots regularly in spring and once the plants are 5 cm (2 inches) tall, transplant them into your garden.