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'-3' tall forb found in large patches often with only a few plants flowering, mostly hairless throughout
Leaves: firm, 3 obvious parallel veins, toothed, upper mostly smaller, often with bundles of small leaves in the axils
Flowers: head with 7-13 yellow rays; inflorescence a 4" wide, short cluster with heads on backward-bending branches; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: dry; prairies, woods; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7 Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key