|The North Shore of P.E.I. in August, 2011|
|Artemisia stelleriana (Dusty Miller)|
|Wild bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)|
Wild bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) is an excellent green shrub for the shore. Its shiny green leaves last well into late fall when it is full of grey scented berries loved by birds and also used for bayberry candles. It thrives in the sand with no maintenance for its root nodules contain nitrogen-fixing microorganisms which allow it to grow in poor soils.
Seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens) is a native perennial that is well adapted to the landward side of fronting dunes, low secondary dunes, and edges of salt marshes. The fleshy, waxy leaves growing abundantly along the entire length of the stem help retain moisture that would otherwise be lost to the drying effect of salt spray. Its bright yellow flowers are larger than those of the typical goldenrod and provide a great show in late summer and early fall. We have them growing wild in our field as well. I guess that tells you how sandy our soil is! They make a lovely cut flower!
|Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)|
|A windy day at the shore|