GOLDENROD (Solidago odora)
North East Florida, Zone 8a-8b, Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra Beach
There are three stand out attributes to Goldenrod worth nothing:
1) They are a NATIVE plant to Florida.
2) They are a NECTAR PRODUCING plant.
3) They produce NECTAR DURING OUR DEARTH, mid-late Fall.
Goldenrod is able to grow in sandy soil. It can grow in dry conditions; however, its roots can tolerate low oxygen conditions – meaning, it can practically grow out of a shallow swamp.
It is a perennial. That means is lasts all year long and does not have to be replanted. This is good news since having a long lived plant with robust growth means the potential for more blooms. They produce seeds that are “wind borne” like dandelion seeds.