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Was featured in Wildflowers of North America

A locust borer is just one of many insects that find goldenrod attractive. I allow a bit of it to grow in my garden where this was shot. I like the late summer color and the bevy of bugs that it brings.

I believe this is the species known as sweet goldenrod (solidago odora). It smells like anise when it’s leaves are crushed. There are more than 100 species of goldenrod in North America. It’s bright blooms grace a variety of habitats from late summer into fall.

Many North Americans view goldenrod as a weed but in Europe it was hybridyzed and introduced into gardens many years ago. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that we Americans started favoring our own native beauty that had been hybridized. (Personally, I think most people here in the U.S. still are not open to goldenrod in a domestic flower garden. I know this from my experience as a professional gardener.) Unfortunately, not being a native in Europe, it is now viewed as an invasive species in Germany.

It’s a false belief that goldenrod causes hay fever. The pollen is actually too heavy to float in the air. It is pollinated by insects. The culprit of hayfever when the goldenrod blooms is probably ragweed which has inconspicuous flowers.

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bug, flower, garden, gold, goldenrod, macro, striped, stripes, wildflower, yellow

Comments

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    Thank you for submitting this photo! We’ll need a bit more information on the goldenrod before we can accept it into the group…and into the challenge! It’s a great image though so if you can update the information better we’re in business! Maybe check out a few more images in the group (especially those of the featured members) to see what we mean!

  • Thanks so much for letting me know what was wrong. I guess I didn’t absorb it all in the rules. :-)

    I’ll try and add some more info about the plant.

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    fabulous information now enchanted,,,,,,,thank you for that, and the locust borer looks wonderful along with the beautiful Goldenrod.

  • Thanks for the 2nd chance, Vickie. Now I’ll be more prepared for the group in the future.

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  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    Great work!!! Good luck in the challenge!! We have a few websites in the members forum that may help you with information on wildflowers. I’m trying to update it constantly with sites that are easy to access and gain information. We’re not looking for a lot of technical information but some that may help others in identifying the flower for themselves. Thanks again!!

  • Thank you, Blair.
    It wasn’t a problem once I understood what I needed to do.
    I’ll be more descriptive next time.

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  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 5 years ago

    Very beautiful! Awesome macro and detail! ;]

  • Thank you, Tracy!

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  • IRISHPIX
    IRISHPIXover 5 years ago

    ASTONISHING photography Bobbi.

  • Thanks so much, Joe!

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  • buzzy
    buzzyover 5 years ago

    beautiful.

  • Thanks Buzzy!
    I’m so behind…………

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  • Elsie  Duggan
    Elsie Dugganover 5 years ago

    Very Beatuiful photograph, looks like it might hop out of the picture, love the colors

  • Aw, thanks Elsie.
    I’m tickled you like it.

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  • Reena D
    Reena Dover 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous yellow!

  • Reena dear – thank you!!

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  • enchantedImages
    enchantedImagesover 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness thank you so much Buzzy, Elsie and Reena!

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    in Wildflowers of North America !!

  • OMG! I’m so excited!
    Thanks everyone!

    – enchantedImages

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