Driving along the country roads in South Central Pennsylvania in September we see lots of pretty views of yellow goldenrods and purple asters. The scene of a fallow field can be quite beautiful with the natural colors of these native plants shining in the sunlight.
Purple asters along a Pennsylvania country road.
Goldenrod comes in many varieties and most have dazzling, yellow flower stalks. Some are plume-like, while others are flat-topped, club-shaped, or shaped like the branches of an elm tree. There are at least 60 kinds of goldenrod, or Solidago, in the Northeast and Northcentral North America, so certain identification is best left to the experts.