Solidago gigantea Aiton  
Family: Asteraceae
giant goldenrod, late goldenrod, smooth goldenrod
[Aster latissimifolius var. serotinus (Mill.) Kuntze, Solidago gigantea subsp. serotina Aiton, Solidago gigantea var. gigantea Aiton, Solidago gigantea var. leiophylla Aiton, Solidago gigantea var. pitcheri Aiton, Solidago gigantea var. serotina Aiton, Solidago gigantea var. shinnersii Aiton, Solidago pitcheri Nutt., Solidago serotina "Aiton, non Retz.", Solidago serotina var. gigantea Aiton, Solidago serotinoides A.Löve & D.Löve, Solidago shinnersii (Beaudry) Beaudry, Solidago X leiophallax Friesner]
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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
Solidago gigantea image
Robert W. Freckmann  
Solidago gigantea image
Robert W. Freckmann  
Solidago gigantea image
Robert W. Freckmann  
Solidago gigantea image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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