Showy Goldenrod Seeds (Solidago speciosa) Quick Facts:
Host plant to Checkerspots, Nectar plant for Monarchs, Swallowtails and many other butterflies.
Native to US east of the Rockies
Hardy in USDA zones 3-8
Full to partial sun
Prefers well draining soil, medium to dry moisture levels
Yellow flowers bloom from late summer to early fall
Grows about 3-5 feet tall
Space 2 feet apart
60 day cold stratification required
Host and Nectar Plant
Solidago speciosa is a host plant to many varieties of Checkerspot Butterfly (Baltimore, Pearly, Streamside and Eastern, to name a few). Goldenrod is extremely valuable to bees, and more than 100 butterfly species are known to enjoy its nectar. With quality nectar, Monarchs depend upon this late-season nutrition source for their winter migration.
Butterflies and hummingbirds sip from its flowers, while birds flock to feast on its seeds. Your garden’s animal visitors love the Showy Goldenrod, and so will you!
Planting Showy Goldenrod Seeds
The Solidago speciosa seeds need 60 day cold stratification or you may sow the seeds in the fall and let nature take care of the stratification. Once stratified, surface sow the seeds and gently press into the dirt as the seeds do need light to germinate. Germination occurs within 2-3 weeks once the spring temperatures and sunlight are adequate. If starting the seeds inside, transplant the seedlings after your last frost date.