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, 12"-40" tall forb; stems round, smooth, arching, bluish
Leaves: lance-like, sharply toothed, all mostly the same size, mostly along the stem, tapering to almost stalkless base
Flowers: usually 3-4 cream to yellow rays; inflorescence from the leaf axils in small, short clusters; blooms Aug.-Oct.
Fruits: hairy dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: woods, forests; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Endangered
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8, Wetland Indicator = FACU WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions