Autumn Goldenrod

Solidago odora, commonly known as “sweet goldenrod” is indigenous to Delaware and widespread in coastal areas and along the edges of marshes and thickets. It blooms in the Fall and is often blamed for causing hay fever, which is actually caused by ragweed, whose pollen is abundant when goldenrod is in flower. In 1895, the goldenrod lost out to the peach blossom in the race for becoming the state flower, largely because agriculturalists and school children sent petitions to the state legislature pointing out that Delaware had the reputation of being the “Peach State” since her orchards contained more than 800,000 peach trees, which yielded a crop worth thousands of dollars. A hundred years later, the state named Solidago odora as its state herb.


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