goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
- This is part of Pollinators
- When to observe: Year-round
- What to observe: Bee count
They are very easy to grow in open areas and do not require staking. It has one of the earliest bloom season of the species. These plants are attractive to birds and bees and just plain attractive. Goldenrod of this variety grows well in nutrient-poor, dry soils.
These are large plants with a height of 2-4 feet, the spread is between 2-3 feet. This plant has very showy, tiny, bright yellow flowers which are dense.
While this is a hearty plant and does not suffer from insect or disease as much as some other plants, it does flourish more if divided every 2-3 years, and pruning is recommended. Leaf rust occurs occasionally.