Solidago leavenworthii

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Leavenworth's Goldenrod

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Also known as Solidago chapmanii

Plant Specifics

Size:Up to 4 ft tall.  Small clones.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:White
Phenology:Flowers summer-fall.
Habitats:Typically a plant of mesic flatwoods.


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden especially toward the back where height won't be an issue.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand



  • Songbirds such as goldfinches and sparrows eat the seeds, and mice and deer browse the foliage and flowers. 
  • Birds feed on the insects collecting pollen and nectar.
  • Provides cover for many small animals including but not limited to lizzards, skinks, snakes, and mice.

  • Used for nectar by butterflies.
  • Attracts a wide variety of pollinators, especially bees.  Chauliognathus pensylvanicus is one or the many goldenrod pollinators (FL Wildflower Foundation).
  • Is a larval food for some lepidopterans, mostly moths.