Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bees working Goldenrod

Uploaded a video I took a year or two ago of bees working the Goldenrod growing in the garden. This is a huge plant not appropriate for everyone's garden. Besides a tap root or two the plant spreads it's roots out horizontally and sends up new stalks. One stalk one year turned into seven the fallowing year, and that has been increasing ever since. On the up side though it's not as invasive as it sounds. The roots are easily cut out and can be trained to not grow in certain directions. I still end up thinning it out some every year though. Solidago gigantea is my best guess as an ID but this gets a lot taller than reported. One year a stalk or two grew 13' tall! 7' - 10' is more common though.