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canada goldenrod

Solidago canadensis

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medium - high
full sun - part shade
upright, spreading
2 - 4'
yellow
summer - fall

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Fluffy seed heads provide fall and winter interest
Fluffy seed heads provide fall and winter interest

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Moist open forest habitat
Moist open forest habitat

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Fluffy seed heads provide fall and winter interest
Fluffy seed heads provide fall and winter interest

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Canada goldenrod is a robust, rhizome-spreading plant for moist, sunny spots. Stunning bright yellow flower spikes attract late-season pollinators, and the fluffy seeds provide winter interest. This species can be aggressive in typical garden settings, so be prepared to cut it back periodically, or better yet force it to compete by surrounding thickly with other species, including fireweed, smooth blue aster, thimbleberry, and spirea. A good streambank or ditch stabilizer.