Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod) [20 Seeds]

$3.95

Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they may require some experimentation and patience. The easiest approach is to surface-sow (do not cover) the seeds in a pot in fall to mid winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a natural chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after January, there may not be enough time for the seeds to get sufficient chilling outdoors, so consider giving the pot an artificial chilling period of about 2 months.

It is possible that these seeds could germinate (though perhaps at a less than optimal rate) if you start them in warm, moist, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within 2 to 3 weeks, then try the artificial chilling period.

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Showy goldenrod (Solidago rigida) is a favorite with bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, and it’s a beauty to look at as well. The typical small, clear yellow blooms are held in dense, relatively slender clusters atop reddish, 3- to 5-foot-tall stems in late summer to early fall. As the growing season winds down, the leaves too tend to turn red. Native to the central and eastern U.S., this species may spread slowly to moderately by rhizomes and also by seeds that the birds miss, so it’s best in a meadow planting or “wild garden” paired with other sturdy flowering perennials and ornamental grasses. It makes a beautiful cut flower too. Full sun. Perennial; Zones 3 to 8.

2021-collected seeds sold out. I hope to collect again in October 2022. At least 20 seeds.

Please read the germination information as well before ordering.

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