Feb. 14, 2018

tall goldenrod, Solidago altissima

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. From out of the past come these flowery golden words (if you want Silver and the Lone Ranger, look elsewhere). In the words of Neltje Blanchan, "When these flowers transform whole acres into fields of the cloth-of-gold, the slender wands swaying by every roadside, and Purple Asters add a final touch of imperial splendor to the autumn landscape, already glorious with gold and crimson, is any parterre of Nature's garden the world around more gorgeous than that portion of it we are pleased to call ours?" Yep, goldenrods should be our national wildflower, and tall goldenrod will be one of the most often admired. It graces our fields, hillsides, and even fens in every state except AK, ID, NV, OR, UT, and WA, and is in AB, BC, MB, NB, ON, PE, QC, and SK. It is believed to have been extirpated in Maine. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 7/22/10.