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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:22:12AM

Native plants for fall gold

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Goldenrods (Solidago spp.) are wonderful in a natural landscape. There are many different species; some grow tall and columnar, some with a broad brushy top, others with feathery arching stems.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella) grows to about 1 1/2 ft. The flowers are 2 to 3 inches in diameter and range from orange to maroon with gold tips on the petals. “Firewheel” is another name for this plant.

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Gold is the color of fall. Sure, there’s crimson and orange and deep burgundy, but many Florida flowering native plants offer a spectacular gold display perfect for fall.

Goldenrods (Solidago spp.) are wonderful in a natural landscape. Several species are found throughout the state. Thomas Edison cultivated many species at his estate in Fort Myers, hoping to use the plants in the production of rubber. All goldenrods have a milky sap that contains latex. Goldenrods are often falsely accused of causing hay fever, but it is the pollen of the green-flowered ragweed that causes allergic reactions.

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