Showy GoldenrodSolidago nemoralis Ait.
Showy Goldenrod is abundant and widespread on the Canadian prairies. It is an important plant because it provides nectar and pollen to a wide range of insects. This species is common on dry, sandy soils. Contrary to popular belief, Goldenrod does not cause hay fever because its pollen is not wind dispersed.
Canadian Rarity Status:
Not rare. Listed as “sensitive” in British Columbia.
Showy goldenrod is a perennial covered with short, white hairs. It has alternate, lance-shaped, smooth or finely toothed leaves. Each plant has long clusters of flower heads. Individual flower heads are less than 1 cm wide. The outer ray flowers have short, strap-shaped petals and the inner disc flowers are smaller and tube-shaped. The fruits have a tuft of hairs to help them get blown away by the wind.
Seeds and/or plants are typically available from greenhouses and seed supply companies specializing in native plants.
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
- Fescue Prairie
- Mixed Grass Prairie
- Tall Grass Prairie
- Full Sun
- Part Shade
- Andrenid Bees, Miner/Digger Bees (Andrenidae)
- Blister Beetles (Meloidae)
- Braconid Wasps (Braconidae)
- Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)
- Bumble, Honey, and other Bees (Apidae (Subfamily Apinae))
- Cheese Skippers (Piophilidae)
- Crabronid Wasps (Crabronidae)
- Cuckoo Bees (Apidae (Subfamily Nomadinae))
- Flower Flies (Syrphidae)
- Fruit Flies (Tephritidae)
- Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae)
- Leafcutter and Mason Bees (Megachilidae)
- Milkweed Butterflies (Nymphalidae (Subfamily Danaiinae))
- Minute Black Scavenger Flies (Scatopsidae)
- Parasitic Flies (Tachinidae)
- Soldier Beetles (Cantharidae)
- Sweat Bees, Halictid Bees and other Bees (Halictidae)
- Whites, Sulfurs, Orangtips, Marbles (Pieridae)
- Yellow-faced Bees (Colletidae)
- Yellowjacket, Potter, and other Wasps (Vespidae)