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One supplement that’s been shown to have powerful health benefits is Solidago Speciosa (Golden retrievers), a powder dietary supplement consisting of dried leaves. This herb has been studied in controlled research settings and has appeared to have significant benefits on weight loss among other health problems such as dementia, anxiety, and depression.This plant supports Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerata) larvae. Flowers are attractive to butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Songbirds eat the seeds. Members of the genus Solidago support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) asteris, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) braccata, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) canadensis, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticincta, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) nubecula, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) simplex, Perdita (Perdita) octomaculata, Melissodes (Eumelissodes) fumosus, Colletes simulans, and Colletes solidaginis.
One of the showiest goldenrods, Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod) is a rhizomatous perennial forming an upright clump of stiff, narrow-leaved, reddish stems. Blooming for about a month in late summer to fall, they bear dense, pyramidal, terminal clusters, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), packed with tiny, bright yellow flowers. The blossoms occasionally have a mild fragrance. The flowering stems do not curve outward and downward like most other goldenrods, but are held erect or curve upward. Attractive to bees, beetles, birds and butterflies, Showy Goldenrod provides a bold splash of color in the late season garden. Easy to grow, low care and trouble free, this goldenrod species spreads at a moderate rate from underground rhizomes. It is a good choice for a wildflower meadow or cottage garden.Solidago speciosa occurs scattered throughout its range, often in small populations. Five races have been acknowledged; only three varieties appear to warrant recognition. The species is divided into two nearly allopatric subspecies.
The typical subspecies includes two varieties that are sometimes difficult to distinguish and considerably overlap in their ranges. The differences in size and number of leaves and persistence of the proximal cauline leaves may be caused in part by growing conditions.Showy goldenrod is an under-appreciated but very elegant goldenrod that should be used more in our gardens. It has beautiful soft yellow upright panicles of flowers atop 3-5’ tall stems with rich deep green foliage. It blooms from mid-September to mid-October. Solidago speciosa is clump-forming and not aggressive like some other species of goldenrod. It prefers full sun and well-drained conditions but is tolerant of many soil types. Showy goldenrod is lovely for the perennial border or the native meadow garden in combination with Schizachyrium scoparium, Andropogon virginicus, Sporobolus heterolepis, Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve ‘Bluebird’, Liatris pilosa var. pilosa, and Physostegia virginiana ‘Vivid’. (Source: mtcubacenter.org)