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Symphony in gold

Solidago, with its beautiful blooms, is a florist's delight



Solidago grows even in moderately fertile sands.

THIS IS an all-time favourite with florists. Solidago, also known as Golden Rod, is an ornamental plant that bears beautiful flowers, which contrast well with asters and look graceful in flower arrangements and bouquets. The plant is also called Aaron's Rod.

Solidago hails from North America and belongs to the genus of large species. It has stiff stems. The name is derived from the Latin word `Solido', referring to the medicinal properties of some species.

They are valued for the tall and broad panicles, consisting of many small elongated yellow flowers. The panicles are spike-like, upward facing and one-sided. Stiff branched stems bear narrow oblong or lance-shaped mid-green leaves that are entire, prominently veined and usually 10 to 30 cm long.

Flowers profusely

Solidago is coarse and invasive and is best grown in a wild garden. The plant bears good flowers and is also suitable for slopes and banks.

Watering should be done in moderation but plenty of sunshine is recommended.

The plant thrives in poor to moderately fertile soil that is preferably sandy and well drained. Old flowered stems should be removed to prevent seeding. Propagation is done by the method of division.

CHITRA RADHAKRISHNAN

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