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Unusual Natives: Skunk Goldenrod

Posted by jimbobfeeny 5a IN (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 21, 12 at 8:31

Native to the high Southern Appalachian Mountains, this goldenrod (Solidago glomerata) forms a luxurious carpet of thick, glossy leaves under spruce and fir. It has a most unique smell, a blend of musk, lemon, and spice. I have grown this successfully in Central Indiana; it has not bloomed yet. I'll try to post a few pictures!


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RE: Unusual Natives: Skunk Goldenrod

Am waiting for the photos. I have at least five different Solidagos at the mt., but except for S. bicolor, I really am not sure what they are. However, they are very different from the ones in the Piedmont.

Post those photos, please!


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RE: Unusual Natives: Skunk Goldenrod

Yep, I was waiting for the photos too!


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RE: Unusual Natives: Skunk Goldenrod

Sorry about the wait! I couldn't get photos to upload.

Here's the plants I'm growing. They are in a raised bed filled with sand and about 1 foot of loose, acidic soil.
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This is a patch in the wild; Plants are fairly short, with upright flowers (not like most goldenrods)
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RE: Unusual Natives: Skunk Goldenrod

They look happy, in spite of the dodder vine trying to choke them. I am not sure if I have those in the mt. or not..altitude is right...5,000'...will check out some possible locations next season.

Thanks for posting.


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RE: Unusual Natives: Skunk Goldenrod

Ther are quite a few rare or threatened Solidagos in NC, but his one is not in the list, although it is listed as only in NC and TN.

I didn't realize how many different Solidagos existed until I checked the website I am including. Wow!

Here is a link that might be useful: Solidagos of North America


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RE: Unusual Natives: Skunk Goldenrod

They seem to grow best in openings - ridgetops, landslides, south slopes. I've only seen them above 4,500 feet or so. Mostly in Red spruce - Fraser fir forests.


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RE: Unusual Natives: Skunk Goldenrod

Yes, I saw them in August climbing up to Mt. LeConte in TN. Big flowers, big plants.


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