Pronounced solly-DAY-go. From the Latin soldare, 'to strengthen', commonly known as Golden rod or golden fleece.
Horizontally-spreading sprays made up of clusters of tiny golden flowers, stems reaching from 50 - 90cm. Can be a useful filler in arrangements and is reputed to have medicinal healing properties.
Predominantly native to North America, but some varieties are native to South America or Europe.
Available from late July to early October.
Solidago prefers a free draining, moderately infertile soil. Position in full sun to light shade.