Is Goldenrod an Herb?

October 7, 2013


Goldenrod was named Alabama’s first state flower in 1927.
But in 1959, buckling under pressure by the high powered Camellia Society Ladies, the state legislature changed it’s mind and named the Camellia as the new state flower.
Fairhope Alabama
Arguing for years over the choice of flower, the change wasn’t made official until 1999.

Goldenrod field

Well, most of that is true. I don’t think they really argued over it.
Someone probably forgot to file some papers or something.
Fairhope Alabama
But I’ve heard of stranger things happening with state politicians.
And now, the Camellia Society Ladies won’t speak to the Goldenrod Society Ladies.
They pretend not to see each other at the Catfish Shack.
So terribly tragic.
Field of goldenrod
Nebraska and Kentucky held firm and to this day honor Goldenrod as their state flower. South Carolina has recently named Goldenrod as their official “wildflower” (I think that’s cheating) and Delaware just tricked us all by naming goldenrod as their “state herb.”
Seriously? It can be used as an herb?
If you want some Goldenrod, come see us in Baldwin County. We have plenty to spare.
Sharing this bit of wisdom and flower knowledge with these fine blogs: Coastal Charm, The Dedicated House, Savvy Southern Style, No Minimalist Here, My Turn for Us

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  1. Great pictures and you are 100% correct. Not only are the flowers beautiful (and beloved), it has now been determined that they are not the cause of allergic symptoms since their pollen is too heavy and sticky to ever be wind borne. Ragweed is the culprit for that. As for the Delaware/herb thing I agree with you. Sounds like they are just trying to placate their flower society ladiesLOL

  2. Here in SC we are proud of our state wildflower Goldenrod – it is everywhere. We have a “state” for almost anything you can think of – that is the one issue all politicians are firm on – naming “state” items for our enjoyment.

  3. Interesting story. We have loads of goldenrod here in Mississippi, too. I always thought I was the reason for my hay fever. I guess it’s the ragweed at work. Thanks for a great post!

  4. It may be a nice color but it drives me crazy to see wild fields of this plant. I’m very allergic to it. (I’ve had the skin tests.) Doesn’t matter about how heavy the pollen is – if you are allergic to it, it can be a problem.

  5. I once read that all flowers are considered weeds somewhere. Mother Nature is wonderful to give us such gorgeous visual feasts!

  6. I think it makes beautiful arrangements. Mary at Home Is Where The Boat Is had some in an olive bucket on her potting shed that I thought looked great.

  7. My grandmother is allergic to goldenrod. My mother and her sister told my uncle that it was their mother’s favorite flower so he went and picked her a bunch. They were quite cruel at times to the baby.

  8. Goldenrod makes a nice tea. I gather the blooms in high summer and dry for coming months. Many/most plants have some beneficial use. Homeopathy is a healing regimen that really works. I buy tinctures at a Natural Foods store.
    I use a good site for ordering my herbs – search for, based in Eugene, OR. They even have a paper catalog you can ask for.

    I just this moment found this site; it may be helpful to your readers who aren’t well versed in healing plants. I put it in my Favorites list; Looks to be chockful of helpful information for those wanting to learn all about plants!

    btw, I just found you too and I will be back. Enjoyed.

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