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Ask a master gardener: Goldenrod, a useful wildflower

GOLDENROD, WHICH BLOOMS during late summer and early fall, is not only an important food source for pollinators but can be used in herbal teas and to make natural dyes.  photo / Deborah J. Benoit

Of all the wildflowers — or weeds, if you prefer — goldenrod (Solidago) is one of the most recognizable. Its plumes of bright yellow flowers atop tall stems bob in the breeze, making its presence hard to miss.

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