Goldenrods (Solidago spp.) of Northwest indiana
"Why so many asters and goldenrods now? The sun has shone on the earth, and the goldenrod is his fruit. The stars, too, have shone on it, and the asters are their fruit."
The famous quote from Thoreau poetically described the beauty of goldenrods. There are over 20 different species of goldenrod native to Northwest Indiana. Some are large, small, aggressive, or humble. In the late summer into the fall, they paint the landscape with a brilliant yellow.
Note: Goldenrods do not cause hay-fever. The allergies are caused by their cousins, ragweeds (Ambrosia spp.)