Solidago

Solidago

(Goldenrod)

And they really do shimmer like gold in the late summer sunshine.

There are many different species, but the most common ones found in the countrside here are Solidago canadensis and Solidago gigantea. The native Solidago virgaurea can also be found. Some countries view them as an invasive weed. Officially Germany is one of them. However, many gardeners here are grateful for it.

I am grateful for it!

Except for the fennel, nothing else will grow in the driest and hottest part of my rockery – I love it, and the insects love it too!

(But I do cut off the seedheads before they start to disperse their seeds!) 😉

I love seeing them down near the river, still standing proud in the midst of winter, snow and frost clinging to their silhouettes. From spring onwards they fill a gap where nothing else grows. Then in August they slowly open, until a bright streak of golden yellow lines our pathway – late in the summer the added colour makes them more than welcome.

(But keep an eye out for those seedheads!) 😉

36 thoughts on “Solidago

    • It is sunshine yellow! The countryside is dotted with it at the moment, and there’s a whole garden full of it a few doors away… (hope the wind doesn’t blow in my direction later in the year!)

  1. I love them too… We can use all the goldenrod around here we can get. For years, people around here thought they caused the allergies this time of year, so they were hunted down mercilessly… Turned out to be another plant that was causing the allergies completely. It surely is a bright cheerful note wherever we find it this time of year.

    • That’s right… the actual culprit for allergies is probably ambrosia (ragweed), which is becoming a problem here too. The golden rod just spreads a bit too easily!

    • The name means “to make whole or strong”, as it was believed to have healing properties. The colour is at its best now, before they open fully and start browning.

  2. Starting to bloom here, too. Maybe it will bring cooler temperatures with it?
    Funny that you should focus on the goldenrod’s seedheads – for me, it’s the fennel that will take over if I let them drop seed!

    • Now that IS funny… I have fennel growing right next to it, and it has never seeded itself… it is a VERY dry and hot part of the garden! 😀

    • It isn’t the goldenrod that causes hayfever… a myth! It does not disperse pollen by air – it’s only pollinated by insects, so the allergies are more likely to be due to ragweed, which flowers around now too.

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