Solidago caesia
(Bluestem Goldenrod)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Bluestem Goldenrod, Blue Stemmed Goldenrod, Wreath Goldenrod, Woodland Goldenrod
    Synonyms: Solidago axillaris
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: August - October
    Status: Native

Solidago caesia, or Bluestem Goldenrod, is native to the southeastern half of the United States. It grows in open woods and woodland edges, and also along bluffs and ridges. It blooms in late summer and fall, with small golden flowers on stalks.

There are over 100 species of Solidago in the United States, and they can be very difficult to tell apart. Solidago caesia can be somewhat easily distinguished, though, by its preference for woodland habitats, and its stems which are usually purplish and have a waxy coating on them. Additionally, its flowers grow along the stem, with a small clusters of flowers at the end of each leaf, instead of in a large group at the end of the stem.

You can also access our Solidago ID chart which shows various images of over twenty species to help with ID.

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