goldenrod – solidago

28 Sep

Although goldenrod is usually thought of as a weed, there are several varieties cultivated to bring a nice spot of color to fall gardens. In addition, a non-flowering version is cultivated for use as fillers in floral arrangements. Usually sold as solidago, not goldenrod, to avoid its perception as an allergy irritant, solidago is grown in many colors from bright lime green to deep wine red and even purple. This one is a volunteer that usually turns brown/red as seed heads develop and hang on the plant.  The weight of the seeds will cause the stems to develop a cascading, waterfall shape.  Although some don’t care for goldenrod, blaming it for hay fever attacks, it doesn’t really bother most people and I’m glad to have in in my garden.

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