Plant ID forum: Is this a weed?

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Name: Gita Veskimets
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gitagal
May 27, 2016 11:20 AM CST
This plant sprouted up in one of my beds and is now almost 2' tall.
My mind seems to think it is a weed....Just a bunch of narrow leaves on stalks.

I wan to yank it--but want to make sure it is not some kind of a perennial plant.

Thanks, Gita

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Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 27, 2016 4:48 PM CST
Goldenrod? Just a guess.
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
May 27, 2016 5:11 PM CST
That's a good guess.
Name: Jay
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Horntoad
May 27, 2016 5:52 PM CST
That would be my guess also. Whether or not it is a weed is subjective. I like it and encourage in to grow but many consider it a weed. It's has beautiful flowers and is very beneficial to wildlife.
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 27, 2016 6:12 PM CST
So I guess it's up to you, Gita. Butterflies like it.
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LindaTX8
May 27, 2016 6:20 PM CST
It doesn't look like the goldenrod that grows on my place. But then, there are different types of goldenrod.
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
May 27, 2016 6:29 PM CST
There are over 100 species and roughly 1/3 grow in the Maryland area.
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sallyg
May 27, 2016 6:46 PM CST
and there may have been some special goldenrod floating around our swap group. Better not rip it up too fast.
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Name: Gita Veskimets
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gitagal
May 28, 2016 9:44 AM CST
Thanks all! You are correct! It is a Goldenrod Solidago canandensis.
I found the tag--broken abd half buried.
I bought it last fall, when I was getting a pile if new perennials.
I even have it in 2 different places. One in my AC bed (the pics I posted)
The other sits under my Mockorange bush. in my YUK bed.
I may dig up the one in the AC bed and move it to....somewhere else?

I am sure I planted it for the flowers and the butterflies and bees to feast on.

Di NOT expect it to be so lanky Grumbling Gita
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kniphofia
May 28, 2016 9:54 AM CST
A weed is just a plant in the wrong place :)
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KentPfeiffer
May 28, 2016 10:09 AM CST

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gitagal said:

I am sure I planted it for the flowers and the butterflies and bees to feast on.

Di NOT expect it to be so lanky Grumbling Gita


If it gets too tall, you can always cut if off to the ground. It will grow back just fine, but be somewhat shorter. The more times you cut it back, the shorter and bushier it will be.

That being said, many species of goldenrod make excellent garden plants but Canada Goldenrod isn't one of them (in my opinion of course). It can be an aggressive spreader, especially if you intend to confine it to a small space.

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sooby
May 28, 2016 10:42 AM CST
This USDA page may be of interest:

http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_soca6.pdf

They suggest planting it in a pot sunk in the ground to control spread by rhizomes. My late grandfather used to do that with mints.

Definitely a weed around here though, but it is pretty and gets an undeserved bad reputation with some allergy sufferers when they are actually being affected by ragweed not goldenrod. I even saw a well-known TV program show a picture of goldenrod in a piece about allergies, and labeled it ragweed!
Name: Gita Veskimets
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gitagal
May 28, 2016 2:18 PM CST
Could I cut it back by half to make it more compact--
but still bloom in late summer? Seems the kind of plant that i could do this to....

Thanks, gita
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