I‘ve lived on this land almost seven years now, and I’m still discovering native plants growing wild here. This month’s find was zig-zag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis). Sometimes–but not always–the stem zigs and zags as it grows.
Here you can see one spot on the stem where it zigged a little.
There are lots of different goldenrods, but according to Minnesota Wildflowers
, it’s pretty easy to identify zig-zag goldenrod.
- woodland habitat
- broad, coarsely toothed leaves
- erect flower clusters
- blooms from late summer to fall
Not so “in-your-face” as its field-growing cousins, shade-loving zig-zag goldenrod has a quiet beauty.
I discovered this patch on a spit of land where I plan to place a bench so it has a view of the back creek.
This is the view the bench will have, once I’ve cleared some brush. This photo was taken in winter, but you get the idea.
I usually don’t visit this area in fall–I’m too busy gawking at colchicums
. It’s encouraging to see the diversity of native plants we still have, despite the encroaching invasives. Finding zig-zag goldenrod reminds me that every season has its own beauty.
Posted for Wildflower Wednesday, created by Gail of Clay and Limestone, to share wildflowers/native plants no matter where you garden.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013