Meadow goldenrod is an attractive perennial wildflower.
There are approximately 125 varieties
of goldenrod found in North America. However, I am fairly certain that the pictures
show the species called Meadow goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Goldenrod is a member of the daisy family.
Goldenrod is often blamed for hay fever in humans.
However, most of the time, they are if fact being affected by the pollen produced by
ragweed that blooms at the same time as goldenrod.
Goldenrod pollen is heavy and sticky and thus it is not blown far
from the flowers.
The goldenrod plant contains rubber.
Thomas Edison was able to grow the plants in a way that
maximized the rubber content in each plant. The tires on the Model T given to Thomas Edison
by his friend Henry Ford were made from goldenrod.
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