prairie goldenrod, upland white goldenrod
[Aster ptarmicoides (Nees) Torr. & A.Gray, more...]
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, 3"-24" tall forb
Leaves: stiff, the lower leaves stalked, sometimes tufted, and larger than the linear, stalkless upper leaves
Flowers: head 1/2" wide with 10-25 white rays up to 1/4"long; inflorescence 3-60 heads in an open, branched, flat-topped cluster; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: smooth dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: full sun; dry; prairies, inland sands, cliffs; in sandy, gravelly, limy soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8 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 Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.