Scientific Name: 
Solidago Speciosa
The Solidagos, commonly called goldenrods, are herbaceous perennial species found in the meadows and pastures, along roads, ditches and waste areas in North America. Solidago species are easily recognized by their bright, golden yellow flower heads that bloom in late summer, along with the slender stems and hundreds of small capitula. Parts of some goldenrods can be edible when cooked, and they are often used for decoration and making tea. Goldenrods are, in some places, held as a sign of good luck or good fortune, and have been considered the state flower in places such as Kentucky, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Alabama. Photo by: D. Griffin