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Tag Archives: goldenrod
Two weeks ago, I posted about Yellow Season in prairies. That annual phenomenon continues, and at our family prairie this week, stiff goldenrod was front and center. Pollinators and pollen-eating insects seemed to approve.
For no particular reason, here are two unrelated photos from the same day. Both photographs were taken on September 28, 2014 at our family prairie south of Aurora, Nebraska. I wish I could come up with a pithy and informative … Continue reading
I needed a walk in the prairie the other evening. There are times when I just need to change focus and think about something besides my own life, and hiking through a grassland is the perfect tonic. Our family prairie … Continue reading
Every year at this time, I find myself defending goldenrod from unfair attacks by sneezy, watery-eyed, congested people looking for something to blame for their discomfort. Poor goldenrod; for a showy native wildflower (actually numerous species of wildflower), it sure has public relations issues. Some species, particularly … Continue reading
This week our Platte River Prairies are in full autumn regalia. Everywhere you look, big yellow composite flowers, especially sunflowers and goldenrods, dominate the visual landscape. At least 15 different species of yellow flowers are blooming right now. They are set … Continue reading
When did goldenrod become such a bad plant? It’s really quite attractive, I think. It’s a signature plant of the late summer/early fall prairie. Yes, some species can form fairly dense patches and can take advantage of a weakened grass … Continue reading
Autumn prairies are characterized by golden colors and abundant fluffy seeds. Goldenrods, asters, gayfeathers and many other species become especially conspicous this time of year because their light-colored seed heads stand out strongly against the rusty browns and yellows of … Continue reading