Gold is the color of fall. Sure, there’s crimson and orange and deep burgundy, but many Florida flowering native plants offer a spectacular gold display perfect for fall.
Goldenrods (Solidago spp.) are wonderful in a natural landscape. Several species are found throughout the state. Thomas Edison cultivated many species at his estate in Fort Myers, hoping to use the plants in the production of rubber. All goldenrods have a milky sap that contains latex. Goldenrods are often falsely accused of causing hay fever, but it is the pollen of the green-flowered ragweed that causes allergic reactions.
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