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Goldenrod Goodies

October 30th, 2015

Goldenrod Goodies

Goldenrods are apparently the perfect tasty meal for many insect species. One thing that makes goldenrod special is that in most places it blooms in September, a time when most other plants are hibernating. These weeds may be more crucial to insect survival than was previously thought. Golden rod serves as food for around 50 species of insects. Many of these insects also pollinate the plant.

The plus side to having some goldenrod around is that it keeps many insects usually considered pests too busy to bother your more precious plants. The bright yellow flowers attract insects such as butterflies, beetles, and even several species of flies. Goldenrod blossoms fairly buzz with activity when they are in bloom. Having a few of these flowering plants in your garden may prove to be just the pest control you need. Rather than use pesticides to fight them, divert their attention with this bright, happy plant.

One common argument against planting goldenrods is the belief that they cause hay fever. This is simply not true, however, as their pollen is too large and heavy to be carried off by the wind. The petals of the flower are also edible and are often used in herbal teas. It’s clearly a win win situation.

Do you have goldenrods in your yard? Have you noticed how popular they are with insects?

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