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Solidago flexicaulis - L.

Common Name Zigzag goldenrod
Family Compositae
USDA hardiness 3-9
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Rich deciduous woods, wooded east and north facing slopes, rocky woods, edges of floodplain forests, shaded calcareous seeps, wooded stream banks, edges of limestone glades and cliffs.
Range Native to the eastern and central parts of the United States and Canada, from Nova Scotia west to Ontario and the Dakotas, and south as far as Alabama and Louisiana.
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Solidago flexicaulis Zigzag goldenrod


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Solidago flexicaulis Zigzag goldenrod
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Solidago flexicaulis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Aster latifolius (L.) Kuntze [Illegitimate]. Doria flexicaulis (L.) Lunell. S. flexicaulis var. ciliata DC. S. flexicaulis f. flexicaulis. S. flexicaulis var. flexicaulis. S. flexicaulis var. latifolia (L.) Pursh. S. latifolia L. S. scrophulariifolia Mill.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Leaves used for tea [1-2]. Edible seed [1-2]. No further information available.

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Medicinal Uses

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Many species of Solidago have medicinal qualities although we have been unable to find information on Solidago flexicaulis.

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Other Uses

A good nurse plant for sites prone to drought. Erosion Control. Invertebrates shelter: beneficial for insects and other arthropods. Nectary: provides nectar or pollen for beneficial insects [1-2]. The flowerheads are pollinated by many kinds of insects, including long-tongued bees, small-tongued bees, wasps, flies, and butterflies. Several bees are oligoleges of Solidago spp. (Goldenrods). These species include: Andrena hirticincta, Andrena nubecula, Andrena placata, Andrena simplex, Andrena solidaginis, and Colletes simulans armata. Many insects feed on the leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots of goldenrods. These insect feeders include plant bugs, stink bugs, aphids, leaf beetles, and the caterpillars of many moths. These insects are a source of food to many woodland songbirds and some upland gamebirds. White-tailed Deer readily browse on the foliage of Zigzag Goldenrod [1-6]. An interesting goldenrod for shady woodland areas [368-1].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

A long-lived upright herbaceous perennial in the sunflower family (Compositae/Asteraceae). Prefers average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. This is a woodland species that perhaps does best in sun-dappled part shade, but will also grow in full shade. Established plants tolerate some dry soils [368-1]. Soil Type: Loamy, Silty. Tolerat clay or rocky soils. Soil Moisture: Moderate - mesic or dry soils. Minimum Root Depth: 20cm/8 inches. Root Type: Fibrous Shallow. Yellow flower; adds bright color to woodland gardens in fall. Bloom Time: July to September. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. The root pattern is rhizomatous with underground stems sending roots and shoots along their length [1-2].

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Propagation

Root Division , Seeds. Fresh seed or root division. Seed Collection: Seeds ripen soon after plant blooms.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Zig-zag goldenrod, Zigzag golden rod, Broadleaved goldenrod

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Not Listed.

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Solidago canadensisCanadian Goldenrod, Shorthair goldenrod, Harger's goldenrod, Rough Canada goldenrod, Common GoldenroPerennial1.8 5-10 MLMHSNM220
Solidago canadensis scabraCanadian GoldenrodPerennial1.8 3-7  LMHSNM22 
Solidago fistulosaPine barren goldenrodPerennial1.8 0-0  LMHSNM01 
Solidago giganteaGiant GoldenrodPerennial1.2 5-9  LMHSNM02 
Solidago graminifoliaFlat-Topped GoldenrodPerennial1.5 3-7  LMHSNM11 
Solidago japonica Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNM11 
Solidago leavenworthiiLeavenworth's goldenrodPerennial1.2 -  LMHSNM01 
Solidago missouriensisPrairie Goldenrod, Missouri goldenrod, Tolmie's goldenrodPerennial1.2 6-9  LMHSNDM211
Solidago nemoralisOld-Field Goldenrod, Gray goldenrodPerennial0.3 0-0  LMHSNDM11 
Solidago odoraSweet Goldenrod, Anisescented goldenrod, Chapman's goldenrodPerennial1.2 3-7  LMHSNDM222
Solidago radiata  0.0 -  LMHSNM11 
Solidago rigidaStiff Goldenrod, Flat Topped Goldenrod, Stiff GoldenrodPerennial1.2 3-9 FLMHSNM02 
Solidago spathulataCoast Goldenrod, Creeping GoldenrodPerennial0.6 4-9 FLMHSNM11 
Solidago spectabilisNevada GoldenrodPerennial0.5 6-9  LMHSNM11 
Solidago suaveolensanisescented goldenrodPerennial0.0 -  LMHSNM11 
Solidago virgaureaGoldenrodPerennial0.6 4-8  LMHSNDM13 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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