Welcome to my Wildflower Wednesday post, to see more wildflowers click on the link for hostess Gail's blog, Clay and Limestone, where this month she is posting on Physostegia virginiana, False Dragonhead.
This month I am featuring my new goldenrods. I was intrigued by goldenrods on other WW posts, for their benefits for pollinators, clumping rhizomatous growth, and uses as medicinal and anise-flavored tea plants. There are not many native in Washington state, just 4 according to the Burke Museum, Solidago lepida, missouriensis, multiradiata, and simplex, and none actually in my county. I was hesitant to get some of the wild varieties since they have a reputation for spreading rampantly by rhizomes, so I bought some named varieties that are not so invasive, here they are with photos of their progress this summer, ordered from Forest Farm-
Solidago Laurin, a dwarf, very short but not yet blooming-
Solidago Little Lemon, short and with a nice compact cluster of flowers-
Solidago rugosa Fireworks, long bloom spikes that are reminescent of fireworks exploding and streaking off into the darkness-
Solidago shortii Solar Cascade, it grew several stems and is blooming satisfactorily-
Solidago sphacelata Golden Fleece, it grew several stems and is blooming, but it is not as short as the 1' tall dwarf it is claimed to be-
And finally I also ordered the most fragrant and best-flavored for tea Solidago odora from Prairie Nursery, but I went out to take a photo lately and found the tall plant had turned brown, and seems to be dead, I don't know why. It's always possible that voles damaged the roots.
I'm puzzled somewhat not to have observed any pollinators on the plants. BTW if you think Goldenrods cause hay fever, it is a myth, Ragweed with inconspicuous flowers but very allergenic pollen blooms at the same time and is the real culprit. I am happy that most bloomed and am looking forward to seeing what they develop into as they form more of a clump.
So, plant some native plants for those pollinators that we can't live without, or at least get much fruit without.