Solidago juncea Aiton
Family: Asteraceae
early goldenrod
Solidago juncea image
Kenneth J. Sytsma  
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 clumps; upper part of the stems not leafy or hairy
Leaves: lower sharply toothed, narrowly elliptical, tapering to a long stalk, without 3 prominent, parallel veins, upper leaves obviously smaller
Flowers: head with 7-12 minute, yellow rays; inflorescence a dense cluster about as tall as wide with the heads on one side of backward-curving branches; blooms June-Sept.
Fruits: dry seed with short hairs on fluffy pappus
Habitat: dry; prairies, woods, inland sands; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native