Solidago flexicaulis L.
Family: Asteraceae
broad-leaved goldenrod, zigzag goldenrod
Solidago flexicaulis image
Keir Morse  
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, 8"-48" tall forb; leafy stems zigzagging, mostly smooth below the inflorescence
Leaves: broadly oval, sharply toothed, tapering quickly to short wide, winged stalk
Flowers: head usually with 3-4 yellow rays; inflorescence both terminal and from the leaf axils in narrow, short clusters; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Fruits: short-hairy, dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: partial sun to shade; moderate moisture to dry; woods, forests; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native