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Name: Peggy
Temple, TX (Zone 8b)
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Oct 2, 2021 10:15 AM CST
frankrichards16 said:This is in my CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) field.

Solidago canadensis 8/2021 Goldenrod- () Goldenrod, Mature size: 48in, yellow, USDA Hardiness Zone 4, Michigan Bloom Month 7a, In Garden Bed W3 for 5.9 YEARS (Native). Planted in 2015.

Missouri Botanical Garden: Solidago canadensis, commonly called Canadian goldenrod, is a rhizomatous, upright perennial of the sunflower family. It is native to North America (throughout Canada and the U. S., except absent from South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Hawaii). It is mostly found growing in moist conditions on abandoned farmlands, pastures, fields, thickets, prairies, waste areas and along roadsides.

Herbaceous perennial plant with a central stem that is 2-6' tall. Wide distribution results in several varieties with significant variability in the characteristics (local ecotypes).

Photo by F.D.Richards, SE Michigan. Additional photos of this plant from 2015, 16, 21:
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We saw a bunch of Solidago (canadensis strain I believe) along the county road to our country cabin yesterday. In the 5 years of driving down there, we have never seen it on that road before, although we have seen it in open fields on the perimiter here in the city). I think it's quite pretty. As of yet, none ever appears on our parcel of land. I may try to harvest some seeds off of the patches we saw (if I can find it after it's blooming cycle & seeds have matured) to see if I can germinate some. Would like to try plant some in the four currentlyl empty 24" plastic pots I have down there. Four Golden Durantas in them died in TX awful February freeze Sad . Don't know if they will tolerate growoing in large containers, but if they're free seeds, it's worth a try.

They are bright blue pots. Everything in our yard there is blue now. Goldenrod would make a striking contrast with the blue pots. Two pots flanking the two yard entry gates we use the most would definitely make a statement in their blooming season, when other wildflowers and plants are dying back. I could stick some annuals in the pots in the Goldenrod's off season for some Spring color there.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Oct 3, 2021 2:25 PM CST
While Canada goldenrod is pretty, it's habit of sending out runners along the surface of the soil make it a poor candidate for a garden setting.

There are a number of goldenrod varieties that do not have this growth habit... suggest waiting for any of those.

One of my favorites is the anise/licorice goldenrod (Solidago odora).

I have 3 or 4 other goldenrods that do not run... All are pretty... Blooming now.

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This monarda punctata is pretty too.... Another natural plant... was here when I got here.

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How about this 'jewels of opar'? (talinum paniculatum)
I planted this... It's amazingly carefree in my dry sandhill garden... I eat the leaves... both raw and in my stewpot... can't hardly complain about care-free edibles!
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Name: Peggy
Temple, TX (Zone 8b)
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Oct 4, 2021 10:48 AM CST
@Stone, we have a tremendous amount of the native Monarda punctata down on our 40 acres in Central TX, too. I think it's very pretty when the color is at its peak. Butterflies and hummingbird moths really love that stuff!
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Oct 11, 2021 5:51 AM CST
Yup.. Monarda punctata is cool....

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Solidago odora... A natural.

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Colinsonia anisata
Wild collected...

both of these plants have a smell/taste similar to Mexican tarragon...

I'll even chew leaves of the goldenrod while in the garden... the sweet taste helps to relieve my sugar cravings.

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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Oct 17, 2021 5:34 PM CST
Roadside goldenrod & friends.
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A different roadside spot with Glandularia, various Ipomoeas, and too many other blooms to name but they don't show up well in pics. So pretty in person!
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
Oct 18, 2021 12:30 AM CST
That could be a scene from Minnesota. Golden rod and boltonia blooming everywhere. Bees are very active.
Name: Peggy
Temple, TX (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Deer Native Plants and Wildflowers
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Oct 24, 2021 7:34 PM CST
The wild Four O'Clocks were in full bloom while we were down at our cabin place this week. One night quite late, around 8pm, a hummingbird moth was ALL OVER the blooms on this plant.
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I was too lazy to go inside to get my camera, plus we were preoccupied trying to catch sight of our resident armadillo. He DID show up at 6am the next morning, with two quite young raccoons right on his butt. That was so funny to watch! They chased him right to the edge of the yard fence,into the dark, unlit shadows, where I could no longer follow them visually. When my husband woke up, I told him he missed all the excitement!
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Name: brenda reith
pennsauken, nj (Zone 7a)
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Oct 25, 2021 11:11 AM CST
just across the parking lot is a small field of native plants. Goldenrod, White Snake Root, Milk Weed, grasses, a plant with small, daisy-like flowers, wild cherry trees. it's nice to watch the seasonal changes happening. right now most everything is in seed mode-the milk weed has it's prickly pods and the solidago has big puffy seed heads. I took 3 pod from the milk weed pods to plant in my garden. they were already split open and the silk was showing. ready to go. i'll put them in before the next full moon.
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