Solidago flexicaulis (Zigzag Goldenrod)
|Also known as:||Broad-leaved Goldenrod|
|Habitat:||part shade, shade; woods|
|Bloom season:||August - October|
|Plant height:||1 to 3 feet|
|Wetland Indicator Status:||GP: FACU MW: FACU NCNE: FACU|
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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:
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.
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Photos taken at Wild River State Park, Center City, MN and Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood, MN, September 2007
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