Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
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Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
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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.
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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 or Aster 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.
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) 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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