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Natural Highlights: Goldenrod

     

Goldenrod blooms in September and October, lighting up fields, roadsides, and woodland edges with intense yellow flower clusters which support butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.  There are around 100 species of goldenrod (Solidago sp.) around the world, members of the diverse aster family. Here in the Midsouth, Solidago altissima, S. gigantea, and S. nemoralis are all common.  The reputation of goldenrods as purveyors of pollen to allergy sufferers is undeserved; the more likely culprit is ragweed which blooms at the same time.  There is really only one negative characteristic of most goldenrods - their tendency to be spread aggressively in gardens. These species do best in wild habitats with other equally tough grassland plants. There are several clump-forming species, e.g., Rough-leaved Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa) which are much easier to control in a home landscape and are worth a try.  All of the goldenrods are enormously beneficial to to insects and thus to the larger ecosystem.  Besides nectar and pollen, goldenrod seeds, stems and leaves provide food, shelter and nesting habitat for a host of species, from insects and spiders to birds and deer.  Goldenrods have been used by people for centuries as medicinal plants because of their apparent anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties.

For more information on Goldenrod, please use the links below:

https://www.southernliving.com/garden/grumpy-gardener/dont-sneeze-at-goldenrod

https://www.thespruce.com/goldenrod-wildflowers-2132951

https://chestnutherbs.com/goldenrod/

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=soca6

 

 

 

 

Posted by Cathy Justis at 9:41 PM