Friday floral is back yet again! Today’s pick is Goldenrod also known as Solidago. The leaves of this flower were initially used by Native Americans to relieve sore throats and tooth aches which makes it’s Latin definition, “To make whole or heal” make perfect sense! Goldenrod is native to the U.S. and has about 125 species in the area. This yellow flower resembles Astilbe but is actually a natural weed found in areas around the plains which makes sense that it is Nebraska’s state flower. Below I have pulled example to show how this Cinderella weed can be the perfect flower for your bouquet.
This long stem has sprouting flowers at the top in the shape of an arrow.
This strongly scented flower can line the aisle to greet your guests as they enter the ceremony.
If your wedding is July – October this flower will be in full bloom, however, your florist offers it year round. A bundle of Goldenrod is delivered with 10 stems and is about 10 dollars per bunch.
How great are these arrangements for cocktail hour?! You can either use this flower as an accent flower as shown to the left or to create more height in an arrangement like the right.
Solidago prefers poor sandy soils, so if you live in Colorado this has your name on it.
Perfect bridesmaids bouquets! The spray of the flowers allow each stem to seem bigger than they actually are.
Both standing alone and adding an accent piece of Goldenrod to a boutonniere creates just the right amount of height without making it too large.
I wanted to show these examples of wildflower bouquets and how well the Solidago fits right in.
Commonly, Solidago is mistaken for ragweed, however, this is pollinated through bees and butterflies versus wind pollinated like the ragweed.
I love this combination of wildflowers and garden flowers, the one on the left was my inspiration to this blog. Although this is considered a weed I think it is the pop that these bouquets and arrangements need to make them perfect.
We don’t typically use Goldenrod too much unless we find a bride with a garden or country chic floral decor plan. I definitely think this is worth looking into if you are trying to budget with your floral decor because again it takes up a lot of space for a great price. Sometimes a weed can be just as beautiful as a garden flower