This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum “New Front Yard” series, 41 drought-tolerant and beautiful plants well adapted to our region.
Cascade Creek California goldenrod
Solidago californica “Cascade Creek”
Size: 2 to 3 feet
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Bloom season: Spring, summer and fall
Pruning needs: Cut to ground after it flowers in late fall.
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month.
Snapshot: Here’s a California native goldenrod improved for the home garden. From spring through fall, “Cascade Creek” bears massive displays of bright yellow flowers, beloved by bees and butterflies. Because it’s such a favorite with beneficial insects, this goldenrod can make a nice addition to native-grass meadows, providing color while many natives turn brown. You can see specimens in bloom now in the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California native plants on UC Davis campus.
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