Solidago lepida (Western Goldenrod)

Solidago lepida (Western Goldenrod)

It seems that Solidago canadensis (Canada Goldenrod) is no longer a valid appellation for any of the goldenrod in our region, and at least two of its former subspecies have been elevated to full species status. The one we have here in these photos is Solidago lepida, which is characterized by a somewhat pyramidal inflorescence, and narrow, coarsely toothed upper leaves. It is a tall plant with an unbranched stem, all leaves are lanceolate, and the lower leaves drop off before flowering. 

It is a good nectar source that is much utilized by a variety of Hymenoptera, and is particularly favored by several species of Paper Wasps (Polistes spp). Deer also appear to be fond of its sweet inflorescence. 

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_lepida

http://web.ewu.edu/turnbullflora/Asteraceae/Solidago%20lepida.html

https://wikis.evergreen.edu/pugetprairieplants/index.php/Solidago_lepida

Size- Up to 5’ tall

Habitat- Open areas, including but not limited to disturbed ground

Range- Region wide

Blooms- Late summer

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