Solidago flexicaulis (Zigzag Goldenrod)

Plant Info
Also known as: Broad-leaved Goldenrod
Genus:Solidago
Family:Asteraceae (Aster)
Life cycle:perennial
Origin:native
Habitat:part shade, shade; woods
Bloom season:August - October
Plant height:1 to 3 feet
USDA PLANTS database:Minnesota county distribution map

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Detailed Information

Flower: Flower shape: 7+petals Cluster type: raceme

[photo of flowers] Spike clusters 2 to 6 inches long of 3/8-inch yellow flowers with 3 to 5 petals (ray flowers). Spikes branch from the leaf joints on the upper part of the plant and stay erect, not nodding over like many other goldenrods do.

Leaves and stem: Leaf attachment: alternate Leaf type: simple

[photo of leaves] Leaves are up to 3 inches wide and 5 inches long, softly hairy and coarsely toothed with a broad rounded base and pointed tip. The leaf narrows abruptly at the base, leaving “wings” on either side of the leaf stem. Leaves become smaller as they ascend the main stem.

[photo of stem] The stem can zig-zag between the alternately attached leaves, hence the common name, but can also be nearly straight.

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More photos

Photos taken at Wild River State Park, Center City, MN and Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood, MN, September 2007

Comments

Have you seen this plant in Minnesota, or have any other comments about it?

Posted by: Alison - St. Paul, MN
on: 2010-07-12 15:43:20

Zigzag goldenrod can be found at Lilydale Regional Park in Saint Paul, MN.

Posted by: Bonnie - Cass County
on: 2012-04-07 07:39:28

I have seen this plant growing near Crane and Otter lakes in Itasca county and in Crow Wing and Cass Counties

Posted by: Karen - Ramsey County
on: 2012-05-03 08:56:30

I have in my shade garden. Very prolific at self seeding throughout garden and lawn. Easily pulled out of unwanted areas, but may be a bit aggressive for small manicured shade gardens. Would be great for naturalized areas. Wonderful bit of color in the shade late in the year.

Posted by: Lisa - Bloomington / Hennepin County
on: 2012-09-13 14:35:38

I've got a lot of it growing in an woodsy, overgrown area north of my house right now; I noticed it around the same time the asters began blooming.

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