“Graceful, tossing plumes of glowing gold,
Waving lonely on the rocky ledge;
Leaning seaward, lovely to behold,
Clinging to the high cliff’s ragged edge.”
Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835 – 1894)
This maritime plant is native to the coastal plains of North America and some areas of the Caribbean. It is easily found on beaches, dunes, and salt marshes. The one pictured here was growing along a dune fence on the dunes that protect Bethany Beach, Delaware. It is one of the plants whose roots help secure the sands! The very large flower heads can be seen from August through November. It is listed as Endangered in New York. And never becomes invasive as other goldenrods can.
A poultice is used for boils, burns, headache, toothache, wounds, and sores. Native Americans chewed the leaves to relieve sore throats and chewed the roots to relieve toothaches.
Thomas Edison used the naturally occurring rubber in goldenrod to produce the tires on the Model-T given him by Henry Ford! The rubber that Edison extracted was resilient and long lasting! Unfortunately the goldenrod rubber never went past the experimental stage.