Goldenrod aka Solidago spp.
~a wonder weed~
Currently, my field is full of goldenrod with a sprinkling of purple asters here and there. Just beautiful💛💜 I let it re-wild this year (instead of mowing it) and the wild flowers haven’t stopped since last May, with the biggest show for the end of the summer: a field of gold.
And the butterflies came. Loads of them, especially Monarchs, Swallowtails, Great Spangled Fritillary, Luna Moth and Galium Sphinx Moth. Bees, wasps, ladybugs, dragonflies, hummingbirds, and all sorts of birds. Toads (including wart, who lives in the vegetable garden), frogs, and salamanders. This is a pesticide, herbicide and GMO Free zone and the insects, butterflies, bees and all their friends and foes love it💕
Did you know that goldenrod’s leaves support more than 110 species of caterpillars and many species of leaf beetles and June beetles, which in turn provide the food needed by breeding birds. The flowers produce pollen and nectar for many specialist bee species, many generalist bees, and the honeybee, and goldenrod nectar is an important source of energy for migrating monarchs as well. Goldenrod flowers are also favorite hunting sites for crab spiders and praying mantids, important members of the natural enemy community.
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Goldenrod seeds feed wintering sparrows, juncos, and finches; and the stems provide housing for native bees during both summer and winter and are feeding sites for many planthoppers and leafhoppers.
If you are interested in learning what flowers are the best to plant for a pollinator garden, I posted a list on my site at www.priscillawoolworth.com
~live link in bio above~
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