Solidago stricta

Wand Goldenrod, Slender Goldenrod, Smooth Goldenrod

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Form:Flower
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:White
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden.
Propagation:Seed. Division (has minor spread by rhizomes). Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed, Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable

Ecology

Wildlife:
Insects:
  

  • Nectar plant for monarch (Danaus plexippus) and other butterflies. 
  • Attracts pollinators including native bees.  The goldenrod soldier beetle (a.k.a. leatherwing beetle(, Chauliognathus pensylvanicus is a goldenrod pollinator (FL Wildflower Foundation).

 

Native Habitats:Wet and coastal sites. Coastal scrub. Bogs, hydric and wet mesic flatwoods, ditches, coastal marshes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

Ethnobotany:Goldenrods are wrongly accused of causing hay fever. They merely bloom at the same time as the real culprits such as ragweed.