31 July 2012
Bitterweed for the Verge and Garden?
I've been noticing this lovely little plant with its sunny flowerheads growing in very marginal environments around town. It's yellow bitterweed, Helenium amarum, and I've also seen it covering fields around central Texas.
We don't have many "verges" in Austin, because we either don't have sidewalks or the sidewalks abut right against the street curb. But here's a verge in one of our historic neighborhoods that is freely planted with bitterweed. It's very pretty growing mixed with Mexican feathergrass and mullein.
Yellow bitterweed seems like it would be a fantastic choice for the city to use in medians. I wonder why I don't see it used more? I reckon it's because it will take over a garden. Anyone had any experience planting it? Is this plant a friend or foe?