Thursday, July 28, 2005

Goldenrod - State Flower of Kentucky

Flowers in a broad, pyramidal panicle. Adaptable as to site - old fields, roadsides, wet meadows, forest margins. Goldenrods do not cause hayfever! They bloom at the
same time as ragweed, a major offender.

Often used for borders. It will grow in sun or shade in almost any soil. Plant in April and stake in early growth for best results and shape but the seeds may be sown in autumn or spring.

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Jennifer Anderson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Kingdom Plantae -- Plants, Subkingdom Tracheobionta -- Vascular plants, Superdivision Spermatophyta -- Seed plants, Division Magnoliophyta -- Flowering plants, Class Magnoliopsida -- Dicotyledons, Subclass Asteridae, Order Asterales, Family Asteraceae -- Aster family, Genus Solidago L. -- goldenrod P, Contains 69 species and 141 accepted taxa overall.

Photo credit Jennifer Anderson. Nahant Marsh, Davenport, Scott Co., IA. 2001.Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis var. scabra) adopted as state flower in 1926. A coarse, hardy, perennial. Ornamental shrub with a somewhat weedy growth as we see in this example.

Text Reference:USDA-NRCS. 2005. The PLANTS Database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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