Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Solidago speciosa Nutt. image
Photographer: Hugh H. Iltis           

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Robert W. Freckmann
Family Asteraceae
Solidago speciosa Nutt.
showy goldenrod
Solidago: from Latin solido, meaning "to make whole or heal" and a reference to the supposed, medicinal qualities of these plants
speciosa: showy
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Status: Native
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

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