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Aug 4, 2016 9:04 AM CST

I am working on getting to know my solidagos Smiling I think I have identified 3 *different* species...I'm guessing that 1, maybe 2, out of the 3 are S. juncea because they are flowering now ahead of any other Solidagos. I am in N. VA and have a list re: VA plant atlas as to which species I would find in my county. I have separated the first 3 from the list because I am fairly familiar with them and I don't *think* these are the ones I have in my photos.

Thanks for your help!

Solidago altissima L. var. altissima
Solidago caesia L. var. caesia
Solidago canadensis L. var. hargeri Fern.

Solidago erecta Pursh
Solidago flexicaulis L.
Solidago gigantea Ait.
Solidago hispida Muhl. ex Willd. var. hispida
Solidago juncea Ait.
Solidago nemoralis Ait. var. nemoralis
Solidago rugosa P. Mill.
Solidago rupestris Raf.
Solidago ulmifolia Muhl. ex Willd. var. ulmifolia

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Aug 4, 2016 10:38 AM CST
Name: Jeanie
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I think the first one might be flexicaulis. No idea on the other two.
Here is a photo of solidago flexicaulis for comparison:
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Aug 4, 2016 11:25 AM CST

Thanks for your input Jeanie! Actually, (and I apologise because I didn't say this in the first post) I have posted 3 pics for each "species". In other words, all the pics in this post are of plants in the same clump so most likely they are the same species. The only doubt I have about flexicaulis is that the close-ups of leaves show that they are extremely toothed....the ones here are not quite as pronounced but maybe there is regional variation? I don't know. Also, in one description it said S. flexicaulis grows to 3'....these were closer to 5.
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Aug 5, 2016 8:07 AM CST
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Sedums Garden Procrastinator Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Region: Minnesota Hostas Heucheras Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies
Ah, that makes a difference. Probably not flexicaulis then. The first picture appeared to show the signature zig zag stem but the other pictures do not. So...I don't know which it is.
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