Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1433

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain) (rare in GA Piedmont)

Look for it in pastures, forests, woodlands, roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple

Leaves basally disposed (basal & lower stem leaves larger, petiolate, & usually persistent); middle and upper stem leaves smaller & less petiolate

Alternate & basal (basal usually present at flowering)

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Yellow
Disc: Yellow
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Inferior ovary

Flower heads in elongate non-secund inflorescences (panicle-like), sometimes with branches resembling S. erecta but ultimately stiffly ascending

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Solidago speciosa   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Solidago speciosa var. speciosa   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Solidago speciosa ssp. speciosa var. speciosa

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-49-012:
Solidago speciosa   FAMILY Asteraceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Solidago conferta

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Solidago harperi

 

COMMON NAME:
Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod


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image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm210406_9142

April    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm210408_9315

April    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm210413_9520

April    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm210413_9522

April    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm210507_0030

May    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm210709_1949

July    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm210709_1950

July    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm210709_1954

July    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

The smooth central stem can be green or reddish, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm210709_1956

July    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm210709_2027

July    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Basal and lower stem leaves larger, petiolate, and usually persistent, per Weakley's Flora (2020).

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm210709_2028

July    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211002_3978

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211002_3981

October    Greenville County    SC

Basal and proximal stem leaves tapering to winged petioles, per Flora of North America.

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211002_3984

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211002_3985

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211002_3988

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211009_4114

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211009_4118

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211009_4120

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211009_4121

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211009_4130

October    Greenville County    SC

Inflorescence branches are held erect or curve upward (not outward/downward), per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211009_4132

October    Greenville County    SC

Stems are erect, glabrous proximally to strigillose in the floral arrays, per Flora of North America.

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211009_4134

October    Greenville County    SC

The spacing of the ray florets tends to be irregular, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211009_4136

October    Greenville County    SC

Phyllaries in 3-4 series, appressed, strongly unequal, glabrous, per Flora of North America.

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211009_4139

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211009_4143

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211009_4147

October    Greenville County    SC

There are often small leaves that develop from upper axils of primary leaves, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211012_4228

October    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211012_4233

October    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

When a stand is seen, in bloom, it is a quite spectacular sight, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211012_4235

October    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Solidago speciosa, Showy Goldenrod, Noble Goldenrod

JK Marlow    jkm211012_4236

October    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Inflorescence commonly with rather crowded, stiffly ascending branches, per Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991).