Thursday, October 15, 2009

Goldenrod


Solidago In the Aster Family.
Growing among the asters in the wildflower
garden is this stately goldenrod. The pollen
from this Fall blooming flower is unfairly thought
to be the major cause of hay fever. The more
probable culprit is the windblown pollen of ragweed
since goldenrod pollen is heavy and sticky and not
wind pollinated.
Goldenrod naturally contains rubber and Thomas
Edison produced a cultivar which contained as
much as 12% rubber. The tires on the Model T given to him by
his friend Henry Ford were made from goldenrod rubber.
10-15-09

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