Gigantea and Other Indigenous Flowers of Nebraska
In 1895, Goldenrod or Soldiago gigantea was named Nebraska’s state
Governor Silas A. Holcomb signed the proposed resolution declaring the
Goldenrod as the official state flower of Nebraska on April 4, 1895.
Glodenrods are indigenous flowers, species of these plants are found all
throughout the state of Nebraska. It is a slender and erect perennial
herb, coarse-looking though it may seem with it The plant usually grows
up to three feet tall.Flower heads of Soldiago gigantea are small and
yellow in color but sometimes they are also in shades of cream and white
rays. The blossoms of Goldenrods bloom during the month of July to
October, found either clustered flat or elongated massed.
The rays of Goldenrods are tiny and their 10 to 17 in numbers. Goldenrod
bracts are colored green, firm and blunt. Inflorescence are usually open
and spreader in 10 inches clusters. You’ll often find its flower heads
mostly situated along one side. The pyramidal cluster of flower heads
are often clustered or found in mass atop the edge of its branches or
the plant itself
It was recorded in history that Thomas Edison, one of the famous
scientist of our times, produced a long-lasting resilient rubber out of
the Goldenrod plant. Unfortunately, the research on Goldenrods and its
probability of being used and made into rubber never went beyond
Soldiago gigantea commonly grows along the road, in meadows, pastures,
waste areas and ditches up in the northern part of America. Species of
this particular flower are too many making it a bit difficult to
distinguish, however, because of their golden inflorescence trademark
with hundreds of spike-like capitulate or auxiliary racemes they can
easily be recognized among other flower varieties.
You can spot these Goldenrods, presenting their bright yellow flower
heads, some in golden hues and shades during the late summer season.
Most often, Goldenrod blossoms are unfairly blamed of being the cause of
hay fever. The allergy problems due to hsy fever caused by pollens
mainly produced not by the flowers of Goldenrod but instead of the
Ambrosia sp. Or commonly known as the Ragweed.
Ragweed's blooms alongside the months when Goldenrods are in bloom as
well. Goldenrods are too sticky and heavy to be wind-pollinated thus
impossible to be the cause of hay fever. The pollens of Goldenrods are
mainly pollinated by varieties of insects. Hay fever is actually caused
by wind pollinated Ragweed's that makes this flowering plant the real
Aside from the Goldenrods, there are other flowering plants which you’ll
find interestingly beautiful in the state of Nebraska. There are the
Pale Purple Coneflower, Prairie Wild Rose, Ironweed, Wild Bergamot,
Black Samson and Prickly Poppy. You can also spot wildflowers such as
the Mexican Red Hat, Butterfly Milkweed and varieties of the aster
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