Solidago stricta

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet

Soil Description: average, poor, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 3'-6'

Bloom Time: August, September, October

Bloom Color: yellow, orange

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, cottage garden plant, deer resistant, drought tolerant, naturalizing, rock garden plant

Solidago stricta (wand goldenrod)
  • Solidago stricta (wand goldenrod)

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Description

Solidago stricta

Also known as:

wand goldenrod

,

wand-like goldenrod

,

willowleaf goldenrod

,

narrow-leaved goldenrod

Scientific Synonyms:

Solidago chrysopsis

Description

Solidago stricta has an unusual form for a goldenrod: it develops a basal rosette of leaves in spring, then sends off a tall spike with leaves so tightly oppressed against the stem as to be all but inconspicuous. These spikes can grow to a height of 6', and their upper portion explodes with dense clusters of yellow flowers in fall, creating a wand-like display for which the species owns its common name.

Cultivation

Wand goldenrod is widely distributed in the coastal plains from Connecticut to South Florida. It is well adapted to very well-drained sandy soil, but is also remarkably tolerant of heavy clay. In other words, it is tolerant of wet to dry conditions and poor soil. Its major requirement is that it should be grown in full sun. It spreads vegetatively by its rhizomatous root system, but is not particularly aggressive, and unwanted suckers can be easily removed. It will also spread by seed, more readily so when grown in disturbed areas. The tall, yellow flowering spikes can complement nicely the purple ones of Liatris spp, can create highlight in naturalized settings and among tall grasses, or be used for dramatic effect in a cottage garden. The blooming period can extend for 2 months, from August through late October. Zones 5-10

Propagation

Propagate from division, root cuttings, or seed.

Additional Notes

Like most other goldenrods, this species is valuable to pollinators late in the growing season.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Solidago goldenrod
Species Solidago stricta wand goldenrod