I have a bit of volunteer goldenrod growing in a shady nook on one side of the house. I had never seen goldenrod growing before, and I find it quite lovely. The flowers are tiny, but an intense buttery yellow. These particular flowers happen to be growing mixed in with some crimson clover that I planted at the beginning of Spring, to enrich the soil. Maybe some goldenrod seeds were mixed into the clover seed? If so, I’m not unhappy about it.
In case you are confused, this plant is not the chaos-causing ragweed, which happens to be one of the many allergy banes of my existence. For more information, check out this helpful comparative article.
Surprisingly, goldenrod has been used to treat all sorts of illnesses, including asthma. I don’t know if it is actually good for anything, other than flower arrangements and attracting pollinators in the garden. Apparently, there haven’t been any well-designed clinical trials of the use of goldenrod in humans. But, it is fun to think about.
BTW, do you think that Tommy James and the Shondells were gardeners?