My neighbors' field -- with lots of goldenrod, 25 September 2013. [Photo credit: Cathie Bird]
Before 2013 closes out, I thought I'd share a link to great article on goldenrod that I didn't get around to publishing earlier. I've certainly come to appreciate the species of goldenrod that grow in the holler.
I always check out Solidago flowers and leaves for insects and bumblebee counts:
Locust borer (Megacyllene robinae) on Solidago sp., 13 September 2011 [Photo credit: Cathie Bird]
Goldenrod soldier beetles on Solidago, 8 September 2009 [Photo credit: Cathie Bird]
So, anyway, here's an excerpt and link to the article I found:
Goldenrod is moving from pariah to player in the garden world, its reputation redeemed by converging trends:
Gardening for wildlife. Goldenrod or Solidago, part of the huge aster family, provides nectar, seeds, and pollen for butterflies, bees, beetles, wasps, ants, moths, and migrating birds (and their predators) when most other natural food sources are fading.
A longer growing season. Increasingly, gardeners seek out plants that prolong "the show" beyond the end of summer. Goldenrod does this splendidly by itself or combined with other fall natives, such as New England aster and New York ironweed.
More natural design. This may not be happening at the Acme, but frothy goldenrod stalks are showing up in floral arrangements, bouquets, and cut-flower buckets.
Read more at articles.philly.com