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It is found throughout many US states from Michigan to Georgia and is also found growing wild in some parts of Canada. Goldenrod is hardy in several different growing conditions, but it prefers wet or marshy soils

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Goldenrod

The plant is commonly known as Goldenrod has a scientific name of Solidago Rugosa. This tall and showy plant is sometimes known also like the fireworks plant because of its long arching yellow blooms. Goldenrod is a member of the Asteraceae genus. Like most of the Aster family, is a hardy herbaceous perennial plant that is native to North America. It is found throughout many US states from Michigan to Georgia and is also found growing wild in some parts of Canada. Goldenrod is hardy in several different growing conditions, but it prefers wet or marshy soils. Found in drier soil banks along roadways or other raised natural features; the perennial can grow quite tall, with the central stalk sometimes reaching 5 feet in height. The long stems often hold many panicles of tiny flowers that create the overall showy blooms on the plant. These flowers are beautiful to butterflies and other insects. The plant has a long bloom time in late summer and early fall and is remarkably showy when you happen to drive past a large stand of it blooming all at once. The leaves of the goldenrod tend to be rough and wrinkly. The leaves give the plant it’s Latin name. Goldenrod is a very hardy perennial and it has rhizomes type roots systems. The root system allows the plant to tolerate wet and heavy clay soils. The root systems also tend to spread readily allowing the plant to take over a favorable area. Goldenrod can be hard to eradicate from areas where it is not wanted, but it is not considered an invasive plant. Goldenrod can occasionally suffer from a rust type fungus or powdery mildew, but these are not usually fatal to the plant. The plant is not bothered by deer or other wildlife.

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