|Solidago flexicaulis (Zigzag Solidago) blooms on the side of the road in Vermont. Image by Thomas Rainer|
A shade tolerant Solidago? A few years ago, I saw a beautiful clump of Solidago flexicaulis (Zigzag Goldenrod) on the side of the road in Vermont. It was so stunning I stopped the car and pulled out the camera (my wife loves it when I do this—our vacation pictures have more plants in them than people). Initially, I could not identify the flower. The plant’s broad-leaves have sharply serrated edges. That foliage combined with the glowing-yellow racemes reminded me immediately of the ornamental perennial, Ligulara ‘The Rocket’. Was this some kind of native Ligularia I did not know?