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.
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons