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Seaside Goldenrod

Solidago sempervirens

Seaside goldenrod has large, golden yellow flower clusters that bloom in late summer and autumn. (Katja Schulz/Flickr)
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Seaside goldenrod has large, golden yellow flower clusters that bloom in late summer and autumn. (Katja Schulz/Flickr)

Seaside goldenrod is a native perennial plant with large, golden yellow flower clusters that bloom in late summer and autumn.

Appearance:

  • Large clusters of tiny, golden yellow flowers at the top of a tall stem
  • Flower clusters are upright or slightly drooping
  • Flowers bloom in August-October
  • Long, waxy, evergreen leaves are arranged alternately along the stem
  • Leaves get bigger toward the bottom of the stem
  • Grows 3-6 feet tall

Habitat:

  • Grows in high parts and along the edges of fresh, brackish and salt marshes
  • Found in parts of the marsh that are irregularly flooded by tides
  • Also grows on beaches and sand dunes in coastal areas
  • Grows in full or partial sun

Range:

  • Grows in the southern half of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including Delaware, Maryland and Virginia

Reproduction and Life Cycle:

  • After blooming, flower clusters mature into seed heads filled with fuzzy, nut-like fruit capsules that each contain one seed
  • Wind spreads the seeds

Other Facts:

  • A good flower to plant in swales and rain gardens because it can tolerate rock salt used on roads in winter

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