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Nectar Plants

Plant of roundleaf goldenrod (Solidago patula) in a wooded setting.

Roundleaf Goldenrod (Solidago patula), a Comprehensive Guide in 10 Sections

Roundleaf Goldenrod (Solidago patula) is a herbaceous perennial that ranges from the mid-western to eastern United States. This plant, along with other goldenrods, is an important nectar source for many insects in the fall, including the Monarch butterfly. It can grow from 2 to 6 feet tall and has alternate, obovate leaves with serrate margins. The golden yellow flowers bloom from August to September and it is hardy in zones 3-8.

Yellow flowers of Pine-Barren Goldenrod (Solidago fistulosa) in a woodland.

Pine-Barren Goldenrod (Solidago fistulosa), a Comprehensive Guide in 9 Sections

Pine-Barren Goldenrod (Solidago fistulosa) is a herbaceous perennial that is found on the coastal plain of the east coast of the United States. This plant, along with other goldenrods, is an important nectar source for many insects in the fall including the Monarch butterfly. The golden yellow flowers bloom from July to November and it is hardy in zones 3-9.

Close up of flower of late goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

Giant Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea), a Comprehensive Guide in 10 Sections

Giant Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea) is a herbaceous perennial that is found throughout the United States and Canada except for the western states and provinces. This plant, along with other goldenrods, is an important nectar source for many insects in the fall including the Monarch butterfly. It can grow from 3 to 7 feet tall and has lanceolate leaves with toothed margins. The golden yellow flowers bloom from August (sometimes July) to October and it is hardy in zones 3-8. The seeds for this plant can be purchased in the McMullen House Bed & Breakfast Garden Shop.

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