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Yellow and Orange Wildflower Gallery
Daisy-like Flowers - Goldenrod
Asteraceae (Compositae) - Sunflower family
Giant Goldenrod Solidago gigantea
Terminal branches are covered on one side by 1/8" wide flowers. Single stalk (not fuzzy) with long alternating leaves, up to 7" long. Leaves have sharp wide-spaced teeth, 3 main veins. Upright plant can grow to 7 feet tall. Colonies grow from the roots. Goldenrods are not wind pollinated so do not produce hay fever. Flowers are a source for yellow dye.
Photos taken in Taylor County, Texas, September 2005
(Native of Texas - Taylor, Callahan, Coleman, Brown, Coke)
Other Species in My Area
Canada Goldenrod Solidago altissima
Tiny yellow flowers in flat clusters. Flowering branches form an inversed pyramid at the apex of a single fuzzy stalk with long alternating leaves. Leaves have fine wide-spaced teeth, 3 main veins. Plant can reach 6 feet tall.
(Native of Texas - Taylor, Coleman, Coke)
Gray Goldenrod (Field Goldenrod) Solidago nemoralis
Tiny yellow flowers in thick short clusters. Flowering branches alternate along the length of a single stalk (red to gray with hairs) with long alternating leaves. Fuzzy leaves have mostly smooth edges, up to 4" long, and reduce in length up the stem. Upper leaves have "leaflet wings" at node. Plant can reach 2 1/2 feet tall, tends to nod. Similar to Solidago radula.
(Native of Texas - Brown)
Downy Goldenrod (Downy Ragged Goldenrod) Solidago petiolaris
Yellow flowers form a single terminal cluster at the apex of a single stalk (not fuzzy) with short alternating leaves. Wide lower leaves have sharp teeth. Upper leaves small and entire. Plant can reach 5 feet tall.
(Native of Texas - Taylor, Coleman, Brown, Nolan)
Western Rough Goldenrod Solidago radula
Tiny yellow flowers in thick long clusters. Flowering branches alternate along the length of a single stalk (red to gray with hairs) with alternating leaves. Often multiple stalks from single base. Lower leaves have a long tapered base, shallow rounded teeth, up to 4" long. Upper leaves reduce in length up the stem. Plant can reach 3 feet tall, tends to nod. Similar to Solidago nemoralis.
(Native of Texas - Coleman, Brown)
James' Nailwort Horseweed