The often mistakenly maligned perennial, Goldenrod (Solidago ) is beginning its annual fall show.
Goldenrod is a stunning, easy to grow herbaceous perennial that is often falsely accused of causing hay fever. The truth is, wind-blown pollen from plants like ragweed (pictured below) are actually the offenders.
Depending on the specific species, bright yellow blooms grace the 2 to 3 foot tall plants from July through October, attracting butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Although Goldenrod prefers a full sun location in well-drained dry to medium soil, it will also do well in clay soil. It easily withstands periods of drought, is resistant to deer and is striking when naturalized in masses..