Thursday, September 20, 2007

Goldenrod, Solidago canadensis

The goldenrods are starting to bloom and this wasp was busily collecting nectar. We mainly have the Canadian goldenrod growing wild here. Though the goldenrods are often unfairly blamed for hay fever, it is the ragweed that causes the allergic reaction. The goldenrod pollen is too sticky and heavy to be windblown. One year we actually bought a Solidago (I don't remember what species it was but probably not S. canadensis) and had a good laugh when we managed to kill it. Imagine killing what is essentially a beautiful weed.


Iowa Gardening Woman said...

It is a beautiful weed, I love it as much as the bugs and bees do.

Ki said...

Hi Iowa Gardening Woman,
Luckily we have a semi-wild area closeby where a lot of weeds grow including beautiful evening primrose, silene, wild morning glory and goldenrod. We even have wild goldenrod in our garden this year stuck between some tall salvia and Japanese blood grass. We were totally unaware of its presence until it bloomed. A very nice surprise.