Setting the Record Straight for Goldenrod

Feb 20, 2013

Goldenrod is a wallflower, standing in the background, while other flowers in the garden take center stage.  It has been blamed for watery eyes and runny noses, when in fact, the true cause of those allergy symptoms is probably ragweed which blooms at the same time.  Goldenrod has taken the heat for years for, but its  blame without substantiation.  It is a rare gardener to take up the cause of the Goldenrod, but I like this plant.  It has a place in my garden. 

As a matter of fact, here is a partial list of its good qualities:  

  • It comes in two sizes- dwarf and standard
  • It isn't a road hog.  It spreads gradually.
  • It has a sunny disposition that appreciates good soil and a good drink now and then.
  • It is drought resistant.
  • The blooms are rich, golden star bursts- fluffy, yet filled with substance that last for days despite prairie winds.
  • It has a long blooming season from July through October.

Goldenrod was designated the official state flower of Nebraska in 1895 to "foster a feeling of pride in our state, and stimulate an interest in the history and traditions of the commonwealth." It was later said by Ida Brockman (daughter of representative John M. Brockman) that the state flower, "... has a long season, and nothing could better represent the hardy endurance of Nebraska's pioneers." 

Goldenrod is a wonderful addition to any garden.  If you have trouble finding it, contact me, Skip Mancini, and I'll show you where to find the goldenrod at the end of the rainbow.