Zigzag Goldenrod

IMG_0825 Here’s a goldenrod that is relatively rare on the Domain. I have seen it deep in Shakerag Hollow, at Bridal Veil Falls, and just this week a little higher up in Shakerag. All three sites are on limestone-derived soil. Solidago flexicaulis has a distinctive look — stffl, vertical inflorescences, very large leaves, and — yes — a stem that zigzags. Solidago, the goldenrods, is a genus in the aster family. Look closely and you will see that the inflorescence is composed of tiny heads made up of both ray and disk flowers.

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