“A weed is but an unloved flower.”
― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

This common north american wildflower has had me scratching my head over the past few years. In our area, it’s a prolific ‘weed’ that grows everywhere. A few years back, while visiting family in British Columbia, I notice people had them planted in their gardens and several seed companies offer them in their catalogues. They are beautiful, but I had not imagined them deliberately putting them in my garden.

There is also a misconception that this plant is the source of many allergic reactions. I’ve looked that up and discovered that the goldenrod pollen is too big and sticky to be inhaled deeply enough to cause an allergic reaction. It’s the companion plant, ragweed, which grows at the same time that’s the true culprit.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/5 sec, f/11.0, ISO 200

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7 Comments on ““Goldenrod”

  1. Beautiful photo Ed. We have planted Canadian Goldenrod as garden flowers for many years over here. It is one of my favourite flowers, although mine are coming to an end now.

  2. I’m glad that I don’t have to hate Goldenrod for my autumn allergy unhappiness. I think it is beautiful and currently it’s EVERYWHERE!! 🙂

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