Goldenrod is in full bloom right now. It grows along the roadside in abundance. If you examine the flowers closely you'll see lots of bees, flies, wasps, and butterflies enjoying the plant's nectar. Goldenrod does not cause hayfever, ragweed does. They both bloom at the same time so goldenrod is often blamed as the culprit. Click here to see a plant comparison.
Goldenrod is a North American native plant and the leaves are edible. Native Americans used the plant for several medicinal remedies. Thomas Edison and later George Washington Carver experimented with goldenrod to produce rubber. The leaves contain the rubber but the rubber has a low molecular weight and little tinsele strength and experimentation for use as rubber was abandoned. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.