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If You Aren't Allergic, Goldenrod Makes a Beautiful Flower Indoors

Liz West, via Wikimedia Commons

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Although I can’t tell it from the temperatures, it’s still as hot as it was a month ago, the roadside is changing and I see signs of fall. Right now on my drive from St. Matthews to Sumter, crossing the Congaree and Wateree Rivers, the golden rod is coming into color. Golden rod gets blamed for a lot of sneezing and itchy nose problems, but nature is careful with her resources. Why go to the trouble to make a showy, colorful flower unless you need to attract pollinators that will move the male gametes, pollen, to the female flower structures? At the AC Moore Herbarium SC Plant Atlas, I found that thirty five different species of golden rod have been documented as growing in South Carolina. For people fond of roadside arrangements, you can’t do much better than pick a bucket full of this colorful wildflower.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.