Bee on Goldenrod, Solidago Label
Photo image of a bee gathering pollen from goldenrod blossoms, Solidago multiradiata. Goldenrod is a popular state flower. Kentucky, Nebraska, and South Carolina, all have a species of goldenrod as their state flowers. The species of goldenrod in this photo is Solidago multiradiata. Goldenrod is a member of the Aster family, Asteraceae. Goldenrod produces clusters of golden, daisy-like blossoms at the top of the stem of the plant. Goldenrod is a wide spread genus of wildflower found in many areas. Goldenrod gets its name from the fact that it often blooms in soil where there are traces of gold, which the plant acts as a rod to point out. Solidago multiradiata is a common Alaska wildflower and this photo was taken on Unalaska Island.