Goldenrods produce small, bright yellow, daisy-like flowers arranged in clusters at the end of the branching stem. The leaves are long, slender, and are typically toothed or serrated.
Goldenrods are often found in open, sunny areas such as fields, trail-sides, and meadows. They can be seen throughout much of North America.
Goldenrods are highly adaptable and can grow in a variety of habitats, including disturbed areas such as roadsides.
They begin life as seeds that germinate and grow in the spring. During the summer (July-October), the flowers bloom and produce seeds that restart the cycle again.
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