Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

Goldenrod / Solidago canadensis May 10, 2012

Smothered with yellow flowers in the fall, a great companion to New England aster.  Spreads rapidly into a big clump.  Full sun, completely drought resistant once established.  A deer-resistant plant NATIVE to North America.

Goldenrods bloom in autumn and provide vital sources of pollen and nectar for bees and other insects in the late summer and fall throughout North America. Honey bees collect large amounts of nectar from goldenrod prior to winter, and other bees use pollen from goldenrods to provision late-season nests.  Plant some in your garden today to give our pollinator friends the boost they need to get through the long winter.

“[Goldenrods] are still wrongly accused of causing hayfever. Therefore, it bears repeating that goldenrods, like aster, Joe-Pye, ironweeds, and all the Composites, are insect-pollinated, so their pollen is heavy and sticky in order to facilitate transfer by our six-legged friends. It is the wind-pollinated plants like grasses, ragweed and many trees (I am allergic to maples for example) that produce the great quantities of light, airborne pollen that get into our noses and throats and cause the immune reaction known as hayfever.”

—  William Cullina, The New England Wild Flower Society
Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers, p. 197

 

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