Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Wild native aster and goldenrod, seed for birds?

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Oct 12, 2017 6:08 AM CST
Will these seeds be useful for birds?
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Name: stone
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stone
Oct 20, 2017 12:07 PM CST
If you leave the plants standing, I'd expect to see winter songbirds.
If you are planning to collect the seeds..... I wouldn't know.
At my house, I commonly see songbirds going to town on the natural wildflowers....
central Illinois
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jmorth
Oct 20, 2017 12:53 PM CST
I don't think I've ever noted either visited by birds; however, New Eng Asters are one of, if not, very best of wildflowers to attract multitudes of pollinators...butterflies and bees overwhelm them in September.
Goldenrods are keen at attracting wasps in particular.
In my experience wild seed attractants for birds would be Purple Cone Flower and Maximilian Sunflower.
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
Oct 20, 2017 5:10 PM CST
Funny.. I thought I had replied here with some links. I must have replied on another thread.
Illinois Wildflowers does a god job listing faunal associations. Relatives in these genera seem more important for the insects they support,and THUS birds eting the insects, than they think as seed for birds.
I agree, jmorth, the variety and number of wasp things etc, on goldenrod, is incredible.

I have a patch of giant Rudbeckia I am sure hoping birds eat all those seeds. They spread like mad just by root alone.
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