Solidago speciosa Nutt.
Showy goldenrods are natives of North America. For a comparison chart of some of the varieties of goldenrods, see Solidago.
Identification: Plants are 24-72" (60-182 cm) high, usually a single, unbranched stem that is usually reddish, sometimes green. Leaves are 6" (15 cm) × 1½" (3.8 cm), long and narrow (“lanceolate”) or somewhat wider at the center (“narrowly ovate”). Upper leaves are much smaller. Leaf edges are usually smooth and leaves are hairless. Flowerheads are erect and upright, conical in shape, up to 12" (30 cm) at the top of the stem, with tight clusters of tiny yellow flowers. Each flower is about ¼" (6.3 mm) across, and has 4-10 petals (ray florets) and a tiny central disk flower. Flowers appear from August to October.
Edibility: Not edible.
Solidago speciosa at Illinois Wildflowers
Solidago speciosa on Ontario Wildflowers
Solidago speciosa on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site
Solidago speciosa at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium
Solidago speciosa at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Solidago speciosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 3-8: