Photographer: Hugh H. Iltis
Solidago speciosa Nutt.
Solidago: from Latin solido, meaning "to make whole or heal" and a reference to the supposed, medicinal qualities of these plants
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 8"-60" tall forb forming multi-stemmed clumps; stems usually very leafy, smooth, and reddish|
|Flower: ||head with 6-8 yellow rays, bracts (phyllaries) slightly sticky and yellowish; inflorescence a 10" coarsely hairy, dense, branched conical cluster of heads; blooms Aug.-Oct.|
|Fruit:||smooth, dry seed on fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||firm, thick, mostly entire, and not hairy|
|Habitat: ||full sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, woods, inland sands; in sandy, loamy soil|