Plant ID forum: What type of solidago?

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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Oct 10, 2015 5:23 PM CST
This solidago has been growing in one of my garden beds. For the life of me, I can't remember sowing or planting it there. Does anyone know which species of solidago it might be?

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jmorth
Oct 10, 2015 7:22 PM CST
How tall is it?
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Catmint20906
Oct 10, 2015 7:33 PM CST
thanks, J. I would say this one is only about 3' tall!
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jmorth
Oct 10, 2015 7:48 PM CST
Do the leaves get smaller as they ascend the stem?
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Catmint20906
Oct 10, 2015 7:52 PM CST
yes, I would say they do! (I had not noticed that before!)
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jmorth
Oct 11, 2015 8:47 AM CST
My knowledge of goldenrods is confined to those up here, and of those Missouri Goldenrod seems closer to your query than many others...here's a link
http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/ms_golden...
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Oct 11, 2015 9:01 AM CST
Very interesting! thanks so much, J! Thank You! Hurray!
I think today I need to go out and study it some more... it didn't seem to have the early bloom that the article describes as typical of Missouri Goldenrod, but in other ways it fits it. It's even in one of my drier beds as opposed to my moister beds.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Oct 11, 2015 11:34 AM CST

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Appears to be Tall Goldenrod (Solidago altissima) or, perhaps more likely, a hybrid between it and Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) (outside of natural habitats, hybrids are often more common than either species).
Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Oct 11, 2015 11:58 AM CST
Thanks so much, Kent! Hurray! Thank You!
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jmorth
Oct 11, 2015 11:58 AM CST
It's only 3' tall.
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Oct 11, 2015 12:04 PM CST
I find over 30 species of Solidago listed for Maryland. Doing a basic image search on Google there were at least 6 or 7 that appeared similar. With so many species in such a small area I would not be surprised at natural hybrids as Kent said.
Here are maps of the species that grow in the US. You can find those that grow in Maryland then do an image search to narrow it down to a few possibilities, then do more in depth on those few.
http://bonap.net/NAPA/TaxonMaps/Genus/County/Solidago
wildflowersoftexas.com
texasnatureonline.com


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jmorth
Oct 11, 2015 12:20 PM CST
I agree it's probably a hybrid but if it came from S. altissima I'd think it would have inherited taller status to some extent (thought inherited characteristics is dicy at best when considering offspring).
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