Solidago juncea
(Early Goldenrod)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Early Goldenrod, Plume Goldenrod, Yellow Top
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - September
    Status: Native

Solidago juncea, or Early Goldenrod, is native to the whole eastern US, but is absent from the deep southeast. It grows in sandy, dry open areas, like fields, and prairies, as well as clearcuts, open woods and along roads and trails. It blooms as early as June, making it one of the earliest of the goldenrods to bloom; it has flowers on medium stalks with small petals.

There are over 100 species of Solidago in the United States, and they can be very difficult to tell apart. Solidago juncea can be distinguished by its preference for sandy, acidic soil, along with its early blooming time. In a small portion of its range, it overlaps with the more western species, Solidago missouriensis. They two are very hard to tell apart. More information and comparison photos will be posted at a later time, showing similar species. But for the time being, you can access our Solidago ID chart which shows various images of over twenty species to help with ID.

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