Many people looking at it might say "so what", perhaps stifle a yawn and wonder why this is such a big deal.
One bloom spike. Goldenrod. Kind of a weed to some. "That's nice", they might say and then want to move along with a "what else have you got?"
Well how about I have blooming in my garden one of the rarest plants in the world?
Every plant geek would be all over that. "Where, where? Lemme see!"
Well, look again at Short's Goldenrod and you are seeing one of the rarest plants in the world.
Thanks to the generous horticulturists at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Brian Jorg and Steve Foltz, attendees of the Garden Writers Association Region III meeting earlier this spring each got a couple of seedlings of this rare goldenrod to take home to our own gardens.
If you would like to know more about S. shortii, the Center for Plant Conservation has a plant profile for it on the web and the Nature Conservancy has a nice write up about it, too.
You can also see pictures of a large stand of it growing at the Cincinnati Zoo on Foltz's website, PlantPlaces.com.
Or stop by May Dreams Garden and see it.
One of the rarest plants in the world.
Now blooming in my garden.
(Please note that the areas where Short's Goldenrod have been found in Kentucky and Indiana are protected areas. The horticulturists at the Cincinnati Zoo are working with others to preserve these native stands of Short's goldenrod and also make this plant available to others, which is why they have a nice stand of it growing at the zoo and were able to provide seedlings to us this spring.)