Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod, Prairie Goldenrod, Showy-Wand Goldenrod, and Plainweed
Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa), a member of the Asteraceae (Aster Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows 3 to 5 feet tall and has yellow flowers that bloom in the summer and fall. This plant grows in zones 3-8 and likes open areas with full sun or partial shade. More information about this species can be found on this blog post.
Goldenrod Gall Moth (Epiblema scudderiana), Goldenrod Flower Moth (Schinia nundina), and Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui).
Many butterflies, bees, flies, ants, and beetles use this plant as a nectar source. Birds, such as the Eastern Goldfinch, eat the seeds, and some mammals eat the stems and leaves. Goldenrods in general are one of the most important nectar plants in the fall.
Showy Goldenrod is found in open areas such as savannas, fields, prairies, and roadsides that have a medium to dry moisture.
The species names, speciosa, means showy.