Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

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    Before you start sneezing goldenrod is unfairly maligned flower as it is not the one that triggers allergies it's probably Ragweed or Queen Ann's lace that is the culprit.

    1. zapatista princesa 114 months ago | reply

      very nice shot and great use of the light, metrix! did you know you can make a tea out of goldenrod to cure kidney problems, hot flashes and unpleasant...um..bowel issues?

    2. Ontario Wanderer 114 months ago | reply

      I've never heard of Queen Ann's Lace being a problem. Ragweed has such small, light pollen that it can blow in the wind for many kilometres from its source.

    3. Metrix X 114 months ago | reply

      Ontario Wanderer Your are right Queen Anne's Lace is only a moderate allergen you would have to live right next to a field that is covered in them for you to have a possibility of an allergy.

    4. Ontario Wanderer 114 months ago | reply

      Guess I don't have the allergy as we have fields of Queen Ann's Lace on the east and west sides of the house. They are hard to see now due to the wonderful crop of Goldenrods. We have Canada Goldenrod, Tall Goldenrod, Lance-leaved Goldenrod, and Gray's Goldenrod among our Queen Ann's Lace. Oh yes, we have the odd Ragweed and Giant Ragweed too on the property, but they are few compared to all the other plants.

    5. Metrix X 114 months ago | reply

      zapatista princesa I didn't know about the

      hot flashes and unpleasant...um..bowel issues

      I had heard about the kidneys.

      This about the Goldenrod food chain is interesting

      from Wikipedia:

      Goldenrod is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species - see list of Lepidoptera which feed on Goldenrods. The Goldenrod then forms a leathery bulb (called a gall) around the invading insect as a quarantine to keep it confined to a small part of the plant. Parasitoid wasps have evolved to find these galls, and lay eggs in the insect after penetrating the bulb. In a final nod to evolutionary complexity, woodpeckers have learned to blast open the gall and eat the wasp-infested insect holed up in the center.

    6. egle_k. 107 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Medicinal, Aromatic and Wild Edible Plants, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    7. The Natural Capital 76 months ago | reply

      Great shot! Thanks for using the Creative Commons license; I used this as an illustration for a post at The Natural Capital.

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