Ten years ago, if someone had suggested to me that one of my most prized perennials would be a goldenrod, I would have laughed. What foolishness.
Goldenrod, after all, is a fall weed, often found along the roadsides out in the country, "wherever fine weeds grow".
I'm sure glad back then I didn't bet anyone that I'd never plant goldenrod in my garden because guess what? Now I have a goldenrod, Solidago shortii, in my garden and I include it is on my short list of plants that I would take with me if I ever moved away from May Dreams Gardens.
As noted in a post a few summers back, I received my seedlings of this rare goldenrod thanks to two generous horticulturists at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Brian Jorg and Steve Foltz, who gave them to attendees of the Garden Writers Association Region III meeting in April 2010.
Yes, I did say "rare goldenrod". According to Wikipedia, Solidago shortii is one of the rarest plants in the world. And it grows in my garden.
For those who are itching to get this plant for your own garden, it is being propagated and sold as Solidago shortii 'Solar Cascade'. Search online for "goldenrod Solar Cascade" and you'll find at least two nurseries who list it in on their website. Of course, this propagation is being done without disturbing the goldenrod's wild habitat. You can read more about that on the website of the Center for Plant Conservation.
You can also see pictures of a large stand of 'Solar Cascade' growing at the Cincinnati Zoo on Foltz's website, PlantPlaces.com.
I moved my goldenrod to the August Dreams Border last spring and it is doing quite well there.
Are you interested in other garden worthy wildflowers? Visit Gail at Clay and Limestone for other posts about wildflowers on the fourth Wednesday of every month, Wildflower Wednesday.