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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Solidago Juncea / Family: Asteraceae
Early Goldenrod, Swink/Wilhelm # 5

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SEED TIMING: Mid-September to mid-October

HABITAT: Dry soil, open woods and prairies

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 1.5 to 3 feet high. Short goldenrod with plumed, nodding inflorescence. Note the tiny winglike leaflets in the axils of the slim toothless upper leaves. Lower leaves broad, toothed and tapering into a long margined stalk. Stem and leaves smooth.

TO PICK: Earliest of goldenrods to ripen. Seedhead opens with a fluffy white papus. If fully opened can be stripped off the stem. Can be picked if at least some heads are fluffed out by taking entire spike. Use clippers if head does not snap off easily to avoid pulling up plant. Spread out to dry and fluff; then may be stored in paper bag until ready to process.


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