Zigzag goldenrod is my favorite goldenrod. As regular readers know I love take care of themselves, rough and tumble, colonizing wildflowers with great wildlife value and this goldenrod fits the bill! Plants are tough and adaptable prospering in part sun or part shade and in moist well drained soil and more importantly, they're superfood for insects.
|woodland ex-asters are great companion plants|
According to the Wild Seed Project (wildseedproject.net) “Asters and goldenrods attract loads of late season pollinating insects. In the wintertime, they provide food and habitat for many birds and small animals that feast on the seeds and find shelter in the dried stalks."
|the little bees rely on goldenrods, too|
Research by entomologist Doug Tallamy of University of Delaware lists asters (Symphyotrichum) and goldenrods as the wildflowers that support the most species of butterflies and moths. That's why I have a lot of them in my garden.
|bright yellow ray and disk florets|
|landing pads of deliciousness|
|wind dispersed seed|
By mid to late fall the leaves and stems turn a brilliant deep burgundy. The leaves persist until the winter winds blow them away.
There are many good reasons to NOT shy away from this delightful woodland goldenrod. For one thing it is not the cause of hayfever. The pollen grains are heavy and not wind dispersed, so nothing from this plant is going to get into your nose. The most important reason to add this to your garden is for it's fantastic wildlife value. It's so important I've mentioned it over and over again in this post. If you need more reasons, consider its good looking flowers, the zig-zag stems and its delightful bold fall color. Now, contact your local native plant nursery and put your order in for seeds or plants! You won't be sorry and the bees and other critters will thank you by showing up in your garden.
Common Name: broad leaf goldenrod, Zig-zag goldenrod
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Native Range: Eastern North American
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 3.00 feet Spread: 1.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to October depending upon where
Bloom Description: Bright golden yellow
Sun: Part sun to part shade
Soil: acid, neutral, rich, average, loam, clay
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy Attracts: Butterflies, bees, other pollinators
High wildlife value: For a complete list of bees, moth and insects that visit this plant go here
Tolerates: Deer, Heavy Shade, Clay Soil
Comments: Can colonize/naturalize to make a nice ground cover in moist shade. Naturalize. Excellent for shady wildflower garden
Companion plants: Woodland ex-asters, Solomon’s plume, wild geranium, Pennsylvania sedge, hepatica, trillium, violets and Hydrangea arborescens
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Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.