Clumping Goldenrods

SpicebushJuly 16, 2013

We have a weedy area that is covered with wild asters, goldenrods, blackberries, elderberries, etc and really attracts lots of birds. I love it..but...we have to clear it out because that's where our driveway is going.

My question is which species and cultivars of goldenrod are clumping? I have fought with the spreading kind in my flower beds and I don't want those!

I used to have a goldenrod that I bought called "Laurin" that didn't seem to spread but it apparently died. I have never seen it for sale anywhere since than.

Thanks for any advice!

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Solidago erecta, Solidago nemoralis, Solidago speciosa, Solidago odora, Solidago sphacelata, Solidago stricta and probably others but those are those ones I know.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 9:32PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Might add S. juncea. It forms clumps but can also spread a bit via rhizomes, not as much as say S. canadensis. It flowers a little earlier than the others.

If the site has good drainage S. speciosa combined with S. bicolor could prove interesting and well-behaved. Solidago hispida is similar to S. bicolor but has yellow flowers instead of white. We actually have seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens) naturalizing along roadsides here because of all the salt they put down. Could be an option next to a driveway or sidewalk that gets salt in the winter.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 10:14PM
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Oh, thank you both SO much!! I'll google all those mentioned and see what they look like and find some sources.

Not only do the goldenrods, etc. in my weedy patch attract seed eaters but they attract warblers during the fall migration. Apparently they have lots of insects on them!

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 6:09AM
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