Goldenrod is the State flower for KY. The golden plumes of this wildflower line Kentucky's roadsides in the fall. Native to all of Kentucky, 30 of nearly 100 species of this herb are found here. They are all perennials with large clusters of small yellow flowers that appear from the end of summer until frost. The leaves of goldenrods are simple, lance or egg shaped and usually have a toothed margin. Most species propagate by a spreading root system in addition to seed. In the fall they are often blamed by allergy sufferers for their allergies, but the real culprit is ragweed, which blooms at the same time. Insects love the goldenrod!
This plant grows over most of North America and is usually seen in pastures and growing beside the roadways. It is also the state flower of Nebraska.