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Common Name: Nevada Goldenrod
Solidago spectabilis is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Southwestern N. America - Oregon to California, east to Idaho and Arizona.
Alkaline meadows or bogs to 2200 metres[
]. Bogs, seepage areas at higher elevations, streamsides in desert at proximal elevations, tolerant of alkaline meadows and hot springs; 300 - 2600 m[
Succeeds in any moderately fertile moisture retentive soil in sun or semi-shade[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils.
A rather greedy plant, it is apt to impoverish the soil[
There is some confusion over the correct identity of this plant. According to [
] it is a native of Western N. America and grows 50cm tall. According to [
] it is a native of South-eastern N. America and grows 120cm tall. [
] lists this species as a synonym of S. odora. It is quite possible that two species are involved, one of which is a synonym for S. odora.
The plant attracts various beneficial insects such as ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies to the garden, these insects will help to control insect pests in the garden[
]. No more details are given.
The leaves and flowering stems are antiseptic. An infusion of the dried powdered herb can be used[
Mustard, orange and brown dyes can be obtained from the whole plant[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Only just cover the seed and do not allow the compost to become dry. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on for their first winter in pots. Plant them out into their permanent positions in spring or early summer.
Division in spring or autumn. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.