Solidago puberula
downy goldenrod

Solidago puberula

Solidago puberula stem and leaf
Solidago puberula
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Solidago puberula
Common name: downy goldenrod
Group: dicot
Family: Asteraceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 1 1/2 - 3'
Foliage: leaves alternate, lower leaves lance-shaped or oblong toothed, stem minutely hairy; floral bracts narrow, not spreading
Flower: rays, app 10, bright yellow; clustered, wand-like
Flowering time: Flowers early September to early October
Habitat: open woods, sandy roadsides
Range in New Jersey: frequent in the Pine Barrens and Cape May peninsula, occasional in the Middle district
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc.: Insect pollinated. Because it blooms the same time as Ambrosia (ragweed), which is primarily responsible for hayfever, goldenrods are often incorrectly blamed for hayfever, although its pollen is too heavy for wind pollination