Wand goldenrod
Solidago stricta

Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Small to medium herb with attractive spikes of yellow flowers.
About 3-9 inches in height; up to 4 feet when in flower. Taller than broad when in flower.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to fast.
Southeastern United States north to New Jersey, west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, southern Mexico and Guatemala. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.
Pinelands, prairies and marshes.
Seasonally wet to moist, moderately- to poorly-drained freshwater soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate to high; plants growing in extremely dry soils may die during extended periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Flower Characteristics:
Showy spikes.
Flowering Season:
All year; peak summer-fall.
Inconspicuous achene.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Attracts native bees and other beneficial insects. Valuable source of insects for birds.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed and division.
The leaves can be used to make a tea. Goldenrods are not a cause of hay fever as has been suggested.

Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley
Chuck McCartney, 1991
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
Chuck McCartney, 1995
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
Roger L. Hammer
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton

Shirley Denton