Nuttall's Rayless Goldenrod
Bigelowia nuttallii is a very surprising perennial, native to the southeastern United States (Louisiana, Texas, Florida), and a member of the vast Asteraceae family. Although it belongs to the same family as the goldenrods (Solidago), Bigelowia nuttallii, or Nuttall's Rayless Goldenrod, has apetalous flowers (i.e. no petals). The flowers are simple tubes bearing the sexual organs.
- It grows as a little clump of tough, dark evergreen leaves arranged in a rosette.
- From mid-summer onwards (a gift for the garden) it produces dense floral stems about 30 centimetres in height which start off chartreuse yellow and fade to a golden hue.
- It is a xerophytic plant, which means it is particularly well-adapted to growing in poor, dry soil.
Bigelowia nuttallii is an adorable and little known (*) plant which grows well in a rockery or gravel garden.
Bigelowia nuttallii, a good plant
for the rockery or gravel garden..
We like to combine its unusual yellow-green flowers with the silvery foliage of Artemisia or Santolina, with the sublime purple of Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens', or with the bluish foliage of the euphorbia or some grasses (Andropogon or Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blue Heaven', Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue', Muhlenbergia capillaris).
Take note! The powerful luminosity of Bigelowia nuttallii, with its yellow-green flowers in August that turn golden yellow in October, makes it an ideal focus plant. Planted en masse, the effect can be awe-inspiring!
In its natural habitat this golden rod can be found in light pine forests, in brush or marshy banks. It is indifferent to soil acidity. In the garden we grow it in the sun in or light shade in ordinary, well-drained and preferably sandy soil that can be poor and dry. Hardy.
(*) Thank you to brittanyperennials for having sought, bought, seeded, planted, potted on, experimented and made this plant available online! ;-)
- 0,5L pot or 0,7 litre pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 6-10
- Height: 10 to 30cm
- Plant spacing: 40 cm
- Flower colour: green yellow
- Flowering period: summer flowers
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