Solidago gigantea Aiton
Family: Asteraceae
giant goldenrod,  more...
[Aster latissimifolius var. serotinus (Mill.) Kuntze,  more]
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Etymology: Solidago: from Latin solido, meaning "to make whole or heal" and a reference to the supposed, medicinal qualities of these plants
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-7' tall forb forming large, dense patches; leafy stems not hairy but often with a whitish bloom
Leaves: narrow, pointed at both ends, stalkless, all mostly the same size, sharply toothed, and 3-veined
Flowers: head with 10-17 tiny, yellow rays; firm, blunt, green bracts (phyllaries); inflorescence a 10" open, spreading cluster with the heads mostly along one side of the often backward-curving, long branches; blooms July-Oct.
Fruits: dry seed with short hairs on fluffy pappus
Habitat: dry, moderate moisture, wet; woods, meadows, prairies, shores
Conservation Status: Native
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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