gold·​en·​rod ˈgōl-dən-ˌräd How to pronounce goldenrod (audio)
: any of numerous chiefly North American composite perennial herbs (genus Solidago) with small heads of usually yellow late-blooming flowers often clustered in panicles compare rayless goldenrod

Examples of goldenrod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ralph said specific native plants that were previously prohibited but allowed under the new ordinance include Canada goldenrod, daisy fleabane, dogbane, fall panicum, hoary verbena, ironweed, milkweed, Pennsylvania smartweed, purpletop grass, sagewort, tall thistle and wild four-o’clock. Debra Skodack, Kansas City Star, 10 Apr. 2024 Goldenrod eggs, or eggs goldenrod, is an old-timey, timeless recipe that burgeoning home cooks once learned in home ec classes—a lesson in making a warm, satisfying meal from staples that most people kept on hand, something that could be on the table in minutes. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 4 Mar. 2024 In the fall, goldenrods, sunflowers, and several varieties of asters begin to bloom, while February marks the arrival of spicebush blossoms, rhododendrons, and flame azaleas. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 5 Mar. 2024 This is the case for all plants in the sunflower family, including daisies, yarrow, goldenrod, asters, coreopsis, and bachelor's buttons. Deb Wiley, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Feb. 2024 Other native plant candidates for winter sowing, Schaller said, include bee balm, coneflower, goldenrod, blazing star, phlox and lobelia. Susan Degrane, Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 Tall, woody wildflowers like goldenrod, ironweed, teasel, mullein and the like can produce embers in seconds. Bradley Duncan, Discover Magazine, 25 Dec. 2023 To encourage only native plants to grow, Paul and her team dug pits into the eucalyptus mulch down to the soil layer and planted species grown in the reserve’s native nursery, including California goldenrod and creeping wild rye. Alix Soliman, Hartford Courant, 3 Jan. 2024 The delicate flowers of yellow top brushed against cones of goldenrod. Michael Adno, Rolling Stone, 7 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goldenrod was in 1568

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“Goldenrod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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gold·​en·​rod ˈgōl-dən-ˌräd How to pronounce goldenrod (audio)
: any of numerous chiefly North American herbs that are related to the daisies and have tall stiff stems topped with rows of tiny usually yellow flowers on slender branches

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