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Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow Lake
- Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa) -
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(Showy Goldenrod - 1) There are approximately 125 species of goldenrod in the United States, most of them located in the Northeast. The showy goldenrod does not grow in Northern New England. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that it is not common here at Sleepy Hollow Lake. The showy goldenrod is characterized by its upright flowering head with upward thrusting "branches" that grow from all sides of the stem. Some people consider the showy goldenrod's flowering head to be "club" shaped, but we believe a better description would be "Christmas tree" shaped.
(Showy Goldenrod - 2) In this nearly overhead view of the showy goldenrod, we can see the branching of the flowering head coming from all sides of the stem. The leaves of the showy goldenrod grow alternately from the stock in narrow ribbed ellipses. The sides of the leaves are very finely toothed. Showy goldenrod is a member of the Composite family. Showy goldenrod usually grows in heights from two feet to six feet. We believe that the height is determined by the amount of competition the showy goldenrod has for sunlight, as the ones growing along roadsides are generally shorter than the ones growing in overgrown fields.
(Showy Goldenrod - 3) In this enlarged photo, we can see the individual flowers of the showy goldenrod bloom. The literature says that each tiny flower has five to six rays, but some of the ones pictured here seem to have more. The nearly obscured toothed edges of the leaf can be seen on the left side of a leaf against the dark background on the right-center of the photo. The showy goldenrod blooms from August through October. We are always amazed by the almost infinite variety that God has designed into His creations.
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