Height: 24-60 Inches
Bloom Season: Summer/Fall
Environment: Sun/Partial Sun/Dry/Moist
Canada Goldenrod Solidago Canadensis is a perennial herb with a long life span and a late blooming flower. It is a member of the sunflower family. Full sun to partial shade should be provided where Canada Goldenrod is planted. It can withstand some drought, though it is not highly drought tolerant. Several flowering stems emerge from the top of the plant in the form of a panicle bearing masses of tiny yellow flowers. Each flower is less than 1/4 Inch across. The blooming period is from late summer to fall, with an individual plant remaining in bloom about 3 weeks, and contrary to popular belief, goldenrod does not cause hay fever. Solidagos grow easily from seed sown in the fall, as the seeds need a cold treatment to germinate properly. Sow the seed directly where you want it to germinate in fall and it will emerge the next spring growing strongly. The plant can be also started indoors in late winter, under lights or in a sunny window, and set them out after heavy frosts pass.
Canada Goldenrod Solidago Canadensis is a great plant for the butterfly garden since the gold flowers are highly attractive to butterflies. The brightly colored flowers attract color-sensitive insects including beetles like ladybirds, lacewings as well as hoverflies when grown in the garden. The flowers occur along the upper part of each flowering stem, and sometimes have a slight fragrance. The flower spikes make great cut flowers, and also dry well when hung upside down for winter indoor flower arrangements. As a herb, Goldenrod contains saponins, essential oil, bitter principle, tannins, flavonoids, and has been used both in America and Europe as a remedy for a variety of ailments including; colds and flu, bladder inflammation, digestive problems, kidney stones, sore throats/laryngitis, fatigue, urinary tract infections hay fever and allergies. The leaves can be used as a topical application: as a wash or compress for wounds, headaches and rheumatism, as a douche for yeast infections, as a poultice for bee stings, as a hair rinse for blond hair and as a bath herb for facial steams.
Sow Inside: Winter
Sow Outside: Fall
Seed Depth: 1/16 Inch
Days to Emerge: 21 to 36
CANADA GOLDENROD Solidago Canadensis Seeds