One of the signs that fall is coming is blooming goldenrod. Goldenrod is a favorite of pollinators and its flowers are often abuzz with bees and beetles. There are many species of goldenrod to choose from, but Showy Goldenrod has a plume of yellow flowers on an attractive red stem and tends to spread slower than other species.
Bees, beetles, butterflies, moths, caterpillars
3 to 8
2 to 5 ft.
2 to 3 ft.
Partial Shade, Full Sun
Dry Soil, Medium Soil
August, September, October
Showier blooms than other goldenrods. Because it has a fibrous root system as well as rhizomes, this species spreads slower (vegetatively) than other goldenrods. Looks great when planted with fall-blooming purple asters.
Care and Maintenance
May need to divide every 2 to 3 years to control growth. Seeds readily and can become weedy.
Pest and Diseases
No major issues.
Establishment and Propagation
Plant as a plug, divide an existing plant, or start from seed after cold, moist stratification for 60 days. Seeds need light to germinate.
Alternative Plant Selections
Illinois native statewide.
Stem and often the leaves red in the fall. Senesced flowers are replaced by fluffy seeds.
Clump-forming herbaceous plant that spreads slowly through rhizomes.