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Solidago sempervirens

Solidago sempervirens L.

 

Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusSolidagoFrom Latin solido, “to make whole or heal,” because it was believed these species had healing properties
Speciessempervirens"Evergreen" (from Stearn's Botanical Latin)

About plant names...

Seaside goldenrods, which have adapted to the rigors of seaside living, are natives of North America. For a comparison chart of some of the varieties of goldenrods, see Solidago.

Identification: Seaside goldenrod’s are 24-108" (60-274 cm) tall. Their major identifying feature is fleshy, waxy, gray-green, salt-adapted leaves. Leaves have smooth edges, and are oblong or lance-shaped. They alternate along the stem, are 2-3" (5-7.6 cm) long × ½" (1.3 cm) wide, and attach directly to the stem (“sessile”); leaves at the base are 3-5" (7.6-12 cm) long. Flowerheads are dense yellow panicles facing to each side, 2-5" (5-12 cm) across, with flowers only along the upward-pointing side. Flowers are about ¼-⅜" (6.3-9.5 mm) around, somewhat larger than those of most goldenrods, with 8-10 rays. They appear from October to November, and sometimes in the spring.

Edibility: Not edible.

Online References:

Solidago sempervirens on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Solidago sempervirens at the University of Florida IFAS Extension

Solidago sempervirens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Solidago sempervirens on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Solidago sempervirens at the United States Geographical Society's Nonindigenous Aquatic Species site

References:

Newcomb, Lawrence, Morrison, Gordon (Illus.), Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Little, Brown and Company, 1977, p. 446

Peterson, Roger Tory, McKenny, Margaret, Peterson Field Guides: A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North Central North America, Houghton Mifflin, 1968, p. 198

Thierer, John W., Niering, William A, Olmstead, Nancy C., National Audabon Society Field Guide to North American Flowers, Eastern Region, Alfred A. Knopf, 2001, p. 323, 417

Brandenburg, David M., National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America, Andrew Stuart Publishing, Inc., 2010, p. 137

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

9/29/2013 · Compass Harbor, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 8 × 7" (19 × 16 cm)

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

7/27/2015 · Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth, ME

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

7/27/2015 · Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth, ME

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

7/27/2015 · Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth, ME

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

9/29/2013 · Compass Harbor, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 10 × 7" (25 × 16 cm)

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

9/29/2013 · Compass Harbor, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm)

Solidago sempervirens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 5 Oct 2016.

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Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

7/27/2015 · Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth, ME

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

9/18/2009 · Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 4 × 4" (10 × 10 cm) ID is uncertain

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

9/18/2016 · Deer Isle Beach Vegetation Reclamation Project

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

9/29/2013 · Compass Harbor, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 8 × 10" (19 × 26 cm)

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

9/18/2016 · Deer Isle Beach Vegetation Reclamation Project

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

9/18/2016 · Deer Isle Beach Vegetation Reclamation Project

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

9/20/2009 · Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 18 × 16" (44 × 41 cm)

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

6/10/2016 · Lobster Cove Trail, Monhegan Island, ME
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm) ID is uncertain

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod, Salt-marsh Goldenrod)

9/29/2013 · Compass Harbor, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 7 × 8" (16 × 21 cm)

Range: Zones 3-11:

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