Flower in the first year? (Blue Vervain & Showy Goldenrod)

patrick212April 1, 2009

I have a rooftop deck in Chicago and wanted to add some native plants to the mix (in addition to some late summer bloomers). I'll be starting both Blue Vervain (Verbena Hastata) and Showy Goldenrod (Solidago Speciosa) from seed. I will start them indoors under lights in the next week or two. Do any of you know if either plant will bloom in its first year? They will be grown in 24" diameter pots in full sun. Thanks for any help that you can offer.

Take care, Pat

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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

Pat, the Verbena should flower, but the Solidago will not.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 10:26AM
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terrene(5b MA)

I started Solidago speciosa from seed last year, and they did not flower the first year, just made small basal clumps of leaves. Now I'm trying to figure out where they're coming up in my meadow garden.

You might want to consider Asters - they are lovely late season bloomers, and all 3 species I started from seed last Spring bloomed a little in fall. One species that might work okay in a container is Aster laevis (aka Symphyotrichum laeve or Smooth blue aster). It has pretty lavender-blue flowers, nice foliage, and Bill Cullina says it one of the best for garden use with "a neat habit, rarely needs staking, and is very drought-tolerant".

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 3:28AM
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cjbspokane

Another flower suggestion: agastache cana (Texas Hummingbird Mint)

It is easy to grow from seed and it flowers the first year. It also has a neat smell (cross between Hubba Bubba and mint.)

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 4:59PM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

Black Eyed Susans and Annise Hyssop will flower in their first year.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 11:59AM
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