The herbaceous perennial called the goldenrod is better known as a medicinal plant and is widely used in folk medicine. However, there are among its varieties and such varieties that are valued for their highly decorative appearance due to the beautiful form of the bush and long flowering. One such species is the golden-legged Josephine – he does not possess medicinal properties, but he is able to turn the country plot into a real landscape masterpiece.
Description of the plant
Josephine, like all other types of goldenrod, is perennial. This is one of the most compact varieties: the height of the adult bush does not exceed 70 cm, while the upright stems form a thick dense crown. On the shoots in the next order there are elongated green leaves. With the advent of summer, the entire bush is covered with large inflorescences, consisting of small, but very bright, rich yellow, flowers.
Small size, thick crown, as well as a long and abundant flowering make the golden-legged Josephine an ideal plant for creating low hedges.
Peculiarities of growing
Goldenrod – a plant very unpretentious and able to grow even in the penumbra. But in order to actively grow bushes, it is better to take them a bright spot on the site.
In the penumbra, the growth rates of perennials slow down, and flowering comes later.
The soil prefers fertile and light soil, but it can also adapt to heavy soil. Poor soil requires the introduction of organic and mineral complexes, but it is important not to overdo it, because excess fertilizer reduces the flowering quality and the bush drives the deciduous mass.
Josephine perfectly hibernates in the open ground and does not need additional shelter for the winter.
Goldenrod quickly multiplies itself by self-seeding, so it is important to cut off the discolored inflorescence, otherwise soon culture will not only go beyond the area allocated to it, but may start to displace other flowers. Controlled reproduction is not bad with the help of cuttings and roots of the root system, as well as spring sowing of harvested seeds.