Missouri Goldenrod

Missour iGoldenrod
Missouri Goldenrod
 James Leiker

Missouri Goldenrod
Solidago missouriensis

 

Family Aster
Longevity Perennial
Height 1.5 - 2 feet

Bloom Period

March April May June July August September October
  • Description: Upright stems are scattered in loose colonies among the grasses. Alternate leaves are lance-shaped and prominently three-veined. The small, yellow flowers are crowded into heads that curve to one side at the top of the plant.
  • Comments: The spherical galls commonly seen on goldenrod stems are caused by the goldenrod gall fly. The flowers are frequented by bees, butterflies, flies and beetles. Grasshoppers, moth larva and leaf beetles feed on the foliage. These insect visitors are vital to the survival of newly-hatched grassland birds. Many types of birds eat the goldenrod seeds. Solidago means “to make whole or sound,” and attests to the medicinal properties of the plants. One of the earliest goldenrods to flower, Missouri Goldenrod is found on upland prairies statewide.



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