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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..

 

Ragweed

Ragweed

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