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Cardinal ~ Richmondena cardinalis
Unlike the female of most species, the female Cardinal is as skilled a vocalist as the male. "During the love season," Audubon claims, "the song is emitted with increased emphasis by this proud musician, who, as if aware of his powers, swells his throat, spreads his rosy tail, droops his wings, and leans alternately to the right and left, as if one the eve of expiring with delight at the delicious sounds of his own voice."
Goldenrod ~ Solidago gigantea
Goldenrod is a much-beloved herb. The generic name Solidago is derived from Latin and means "I make whole," an allusion to the healing qualities associated with the plant. The beneficial properties were well known to the American Indian. The Cherokees prepared tea from one species to reduce fever; other species were employed to treat bladder and kidney ailments. John Muir, the great American naturalist, paid gallant and poetic tribute to Goldenrod: "The fragrance, color and form of the... Goldenrod are hopeful and strength-giving beyond any others I know. A single spike is sufficient to heal unbelief and melancholy."
From The Wildflowers of the 50 States U.S. stamps issued July 24, 1992:
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