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Nature In The Natural State: Goldenrod

Nature needs our help; most species of wildlife are rapidly declining in numbers because we are destroying their habitat. Native perennials can be food for wildlife.

Are you wondering what kind of native perennial to plant? Try goldenrod. The Goldenrod or Solidago genus supports more caterpillars—that birds eat—than any other flowering plant genus in Pulaski County.

Contrary to popular opinion, goldenrod pollen does not cause hay fever, because it doesn’t travel far from the plant.

There are thirty one goldenrod species native to Arkansas, and bees and butterflies love the late-blooming flowers. For more on the best natives to plant, see Bringing Nature Home, by Douglas Tallamy.