A plant having a rod-like stem and a spike of bright yellow flowers. Twenty different species of goldenrod are known to exist in Nova Scotia and are identified by Roland. The more common seem to be: the canada goldenrod (s. canadensis), the rough goldenrod (s. puberula), the seaside goldenrod (s. sempervirens) and the bog goldenrod (s. uliginosa). I see from MacLeod that the "young leaves may be used as greens and the dried, older leaves and flowers can be used to make tea." The goldenrod comes into bloom late; and, thus, with its blossoming (widespread), the observer will become melancholiac with the awareness that summer is soon to be over.