The golden rod is lovely enough but its name puzzles me. It seems almost metaphysical; but the odd thing is, what do the words ‘rod’ or ‘solid’ refer to?
The plume-like sprays of the solidago are actually soft – both in appearance and touch.
The flowers may look delicate but they are long-lasting cut flowers, making them a favorite for floral arrangements. Solidago is great as a filler in arrangements, and a vase full of the golden blooms is hard to beat.
It dates back to the days when I was a teenager 🙂 . My aunt had given me a couple of plants and we’ve not looked back since.
Just yesterday, mum announced gleefully that she had pulled many solidago plants from the flower bed. “But please don’t clear them all,” I said.
The solidago shares a bed with angelonia, balsamina, otacanthus caeruleus, mirabilis jalapa and plumbago. They may seem to be rather strange bedfellows, but actually look charming together creating a cottage garden effect – or so I hope.
The thing about solidago is to make sure the soil isn’t too wet for too long as it is prone to fungal attack. When that happens, the plant doesn’t have much of a chance, but sometimes a good dose of nicotine tea does the trick.
Care and propagation: well drained soil, full sun, water moderately; propagate using root cuttings