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Zigzag Goldenrod – Solidago flexicaulis

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Zigzag Goldenrod – Solidago flexicaulis

A Halton Pollinator Plant Profile

Zigzag goldenrod is a perennial in the Aster family.

Habitat preferences:

Part sun to shade

Prefers sandy-loam but tolerates clay

Moderate to dry

Height: 1-3ft

Spread: 1-3ft

Flowers: Clusters of small golden-yellow flowers bloom in
July-September at the top of the stem and in the axils of the leaves

Fruit:
Small brown seeds are attached to a tuft of hair to aid in wind dispersal. Seeds mature in mid/late fall and are consumed by birds.

Leaves:
Dark green, oval-shaped leaves have coarse teeth and taper to a point.

Value to Pollinators: Provides both nectar and pollen to pollinators including beetles, flies, wasps and bees, some of which are Solidago specialists. It is a larval host plant for a few moth species, including the Bilobed Dichomeris, Brown Hooded Owlet and Twirler Moth.

Fun Fact: Zig-zag goldenrod is named for its distinctive zigzagging stem.

 

Summer Stewardship Success!

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As the summer season winds down and we prepare for another busy fall full of planting events, nature walks and more, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on what we’ve accomplished together in the past few months.

This summer, with the help of some amazing volunteers, we:

  • Started a new tree monitoring program and monitored the health and growth of trees in 5 of our restoration sites across Oakville
  • Gave hundreds of trees new mulch donuts through our 4 public Tree Care Days
  • Did some much-needed maintenance at 2 school pollinator gardens (as well as our 2 demonstration gardens)
  • Organized another wonderful ‘Tour de Trees’ with Cycle Oakville and MP Pam Damoff
  • Worked with youth groups and camps to plant pollinator plants, remove invasive species, mulch more trees, learn about tree monitoring, make seed bombs (and many other shapes!), map/monitor invasive species using EDDMapS and learn all about nature!
Monitoring young tree health will help us make more informed decisions for the future.

While we often pay a lot of attention to tree planting in the spring and fall, these other stewardship activities are just as important! Tree ‘aftercare’ including mulching, monitoring and watering is really important for ensuring that those little trees survive so they can become a valuable part of our urban forest! We want to make sure the hard work of all of our volunteer planters is rewarded with a beautiful, healthy canopy.

Thank you to everyone who has been a steward of nature in Oakville this summer – either at our events or through your own individual actions. You are TREE-mendous!

Get involved in our planting and stewardship activities by joining our Volunteer List or visiting our Tree Planting & Stewardship page.

 

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Volunteers helped us mulch trees at our Tree Care Days.

Thanks to our Great Garden Stewards!

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We’d like to say thank you to our great garden stewards who took care of our pollinator gardens at Glen Abbey Community Centre and Oak Park this summer. Thanks to their love and care, the gardens looked beautiful all season long and were enjoyed be people and pollinators alike!

Our volunteer garden stewards were responsible for doing regular check-ups on the garden. Their duties included weeding, watering, litter pick-up, taking photos and just generally keeping an eye on things.

Edric took care of Glen Abbey Garden, while Jacob, Maisie, Emily, Wendy, Mary and her family took care of the new Butterfly Wing Garden at Oak Park. They all did an amazing job even through those very hot, very dry weeks when new plants needed to be watered almost daily!

Wild columbine at Glen Abbey Garden.
Wild bergamot (or bee balm) at Glen Abbey Garden
Butterfly milkweed at Glen Abbey Garden
Lobelia at Glen Abbey Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The happy plants gave us plenty to look at, with new blooms every week. At Glen Abbey, wild columbine gave way to wild bergamot and butterfly milkweed, then asters and lobelias. At Oak Park, our very tiny, very new plants became bushier and bushier every week, filling in their new space. Even in its first season, the pale purple coneflower and yellow giant hyssop have already bloomed, and more flowers look to be on their way!

 

Butterfly Wing Garden at Oak Park, right after it was planted at the end of June.
Look how it’s grown! This is Butterfly Wing Garden in August, not even 2 months after it was planted.

If you haven’t checked out one of our demo gardens yet, be sure to stop by! They are beautiful in every season. The Glen Abbey Garden is located right beside the main entrance of Glen Abbey Community Centre at 1415 Third Line. Butterfly Wing Garden is located at Oak Park right next to the Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House at 2545 Sixth Line.

Want to get involved in supporting pollinators in Oakville? Sign up for our e-newsletter to get notified when we’re doing pollinator garden maintenance or looking for more garden stewards. Or, you can create your own pollinator-friendly garden right in your own backyard – go to our Supporting Pollinators in Oakville page for tips!