One of my all time favourite accent flowers is the wildflower golden rod or, as most florists call It, solidago. Though it brings with it a bit of a feeling of fall approaching all too soon, I love seeing fields and wild areas currently covered in this bright yellow flower. I’m not the only one who enjoys seeing solidago on the horizon, this flower has been adopted as the state flower by Nebraska and Kentucky as well as the state wildflower for South Carolina. While solidago is considered a wildflower or even a weed by many in North America, it is actually a favourite garden flower in Europe.
Golden Rod Allergy Myth
Many people shy away from this particular flower because of its bad reputation of causing hay fever and other allergies, but actually ragweed is the culprit with a similar blooming time to solidago (golden rod). The pollen of solidago is too heavy to be wind-pollinated and must be carried by insects from plant to plant. Handling solidago may still cause problems to those with allergies, however.
Did you know golden rods (solidago) are a common filler flower used by florists? That’s right, in many designs florists use a hybrid version of the common golden rod to add bright yellow color and interest to a flower arrangement. They have been hybridized to bring out all the best qualities of solidago. Though now available year round, this fall-bloomer is a great addition to your seasonal decor.
Marion, Helen Blakey Flowers.