Solidago sempervirens
Family: Asteraceae
seaside goldenrod
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Etymology: Solidago: from Latin solido, meaning "to make whole or heal" and a reference to the supposed, medicinal qualities of these plants
Plants: perennial forb, 1'-5' tall, somewhat succulent, mostly smooth
Leaves: larger ones oblong to lance-like to 2 1/3" long; winged stalk almost sheathing the stem; thick to fleshy
Flowers: head with yellow rays; inflorescence dense, panicle-like cluster often leafy near the base
Habitat: usually in sandy soil near salt water but now found inland along roads salted in the winter
Conservation Status: Introduced - locally established