Zig zag goldenrod plant with yellow blooms

Zig-zag Goldenrod

Botanical Name: Solidago flexicaulis

En français: Verge d’or à tige zigzagante

Solidago flexicaulis, commonly called zigzag or broadleaf goldenrod, is a rhizomatous perennial that is native to rich woods and thickets from throughout eastern north America.

This species is distinguished by its zigzag stems and its toothed, broad-ovate leaves.

Zig zag goldenrod attracts pollinators, butterflies and caterpillars from various moth species. It is drought tolerant and makes a geat cut flower. It makes a great addition to rock gardens and is one of the last pollinators of the season.

Goldenrods are commonly mistaken for causing hayfever which is actually caused by windborne pollen from other plants such as ragweed.

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Width: Up to 3 feet

Water: Low to moderate need for water.

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Native to Eastern Canada

Best Soil: Moist and Well drained

This plant is good for fall colour in any garden. It attracts butterflies, honey bees, swamp sparrows and meadow mice. It is appropriate for cottage gardens, low maintenance plantings, meadows, perennial borders, roadsides and restoration projects.

Its natural habitat: Open deciduous woods, rocky woods, edges of floodplain forests, wooded stream banks, edges of limestone glades and cliffs..

The zig zag goldenrod is a perennial in the sunflower family that blooms with yellow clusters from July to October. It gets its name from the shape of the stem and how it zig zags between the nodes.

Propagating Solidago flexicaulis

Propogate by either seeding or root division. This plant will spread on its own. Goldenrod can be considered aggressive and is therefore not recommended for small gardens.

Caring for Zig-zag Goldenrod

Easily grown woodland species that perhaps does best in sun-dappled part shade, but will also grow in full shade. Established plants tolerate some dry soils. Plants may be grown from seed and may self-seed in the garden. Plants may spread by rhizomes.

Companion plant suggestions include Aster cordifolius, Chasmanthium latifolium, Chrysogonum virginianum, Eupatorium colestinum, Heliopsis helianthoides and Amsonia hubrichtii.

Although there are no serious disease or insect problems, keep an eye out for powdery mildew and leaf spot.

References:

https://espacepourlavie.ca/en/green-pages/zigzag-goldenrod


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