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Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)
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Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 01
(Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 01)  There are approximately 125 varieties or species of goldenrod in the United States.  Most are located in the East.  The Grass-leaved goldenrod is characterized by its flat top bloom, here seen in its early bud stage.  The leaves of the grass-leaved goldenrod alternate on the stalk and are grass shaped with three lineal veins.
Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 01a
(Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 01a)  This is a small patch of Grass-leaved goldenrod whose blooms are just beginning to open.  The Grass-leaved goldenrod generally bloom from August through October.  The characteristic flattened top of the grass leaved goldenrod becomes more evident as the wildflower matures.
Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 02
(Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 02)  In this photo of the Grass-leaved goldenrod, the buds are turning yellow and some of the flowers are opening.  The Grass-leaved goldenrod is a member of the Composite or Aster family, because the blooms are made up of many individual flowers.
Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 03
(Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 03)  This patch of Grass-leaved goldenrod is swaying lightly in the breeze between the bright sunlight and shade, which gives the flowers a wide range of color from a deep golden yellow to almost white.  The Grass-leaved goldenrod grows to heights from one to four feet.  We believe the difference in heights is caused by the amount of competition the Grass-leaved goldenrod has for sunlight; the more competition, the taller it grows to reach the direct sunlight.
Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 04
(Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 04)  This is a close-up view of a few of the grass-leaved goldenrod buds and opening flowers.  The grass-leaved goldenrod grows in most areas in the United States and Canada.  It is relatively common at Sleepy Hollow Lake, but not as prolific as the Canada goldenrod.
Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 04a
(Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 04a)  In this photo of the Grass-leaved goldenrod, we can see the 6-14 rays of each flower beginning to unfold.  All this intricate detail always seems to point us toward God, for His invisible attributes and eternal power are clearly seen in what He has made, as we are told in Romans 1:20.  Such understanding should make us want to protect and preserve all that the Lord has given us (our fellow human beings, the animals, and the environment).  The extent to which we love God is expressed in the ways we love and protect His creation.
Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 05
(Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 05)  This is a small patch of Grass-leaved goldenrod growing along the side of a road.
Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 06
(Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 06)  This is one of God's natural wildflower bouquets of grass-leaved goldenrod and loosestrife growing together along the side of the road.
Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 07
(Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 07)  The trumpet shape of each Grass-leaved goldenrod flower can be seen in this enlarged photo.  If you look closely at the two central open flowers, you can see the stamens and pistil projecting up from the base of the flower bowl.  Note also that the lower of these two open Grass-leaved goldenrod flowers has 6 rays, and that the other one has as many as 12 to 14 rays.
Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 08
(Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 08)  Looking down upon the head of a grass-leaved goldenrod as it comes into bloom.
Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 08a
(Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 08a)  Another enlarged view of opening buds and flowers.
Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 09
(Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 09)  In this side view of the Grass-leaved goldenrod, we can see the way the branches of the flowering head all terminate at relatively the same level to form the flat top.
Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 09a
(Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) - 09a)  A close-up side view of the grass-leaved goldenrod.  Some people look upon the grass-leaved goldenrod and other wild flowers as just weeds, but to us they are beautiful gifts from God.

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