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Perennial- California Goldenrod

California Goldenrod by Cathy Baird
Common Name: California Goldenrod

Botanical Name: Solidago californica

Family:  Asteraceae

Description: Native to western North America; deciduous perennial with green foliage

Sun: Sun to part shade

Water: Drought tolerant to moderate

Soil: Tolerates sand, clay and seasonal flooding

Habit and form: Fast growing; 1-4 feet tall and spreading, clumping; spreads from the roots

Flower type: Large clusters on spikes

Flower color & bloom season: Yellow flower, very showy; blooms in summer through fall
California Goldenrod by Debbie Ballentine

Uses for plant and/or flowers: Attracts butterflies and pollinating insects; great for a bird garden

Pruning time & method: Goes dormant in winter, good time to cut back to the ground

Maintenance tips: Plant where it is wet in March, dry in summer

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