Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

As the name suggests, Seaside Goldenrod is a plant of salt marshes and sandy soil near the sea.

I saw it while walking along the St Lawrence River near Rivière du Loup. Québec

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

It is a halophyte meaning that it is adapted to growing in saline conditions. It occasionally appears beside roadways which receive a lot of winter salt de-icing in Ontario.

The flowers are very showy.

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)
Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

Seaside Goldenrod flowers tend to have 8 – 10 rays.

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)
Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

The plant flowers from late summer until well into the fall.

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

It is about .5 meter to 2.5 meters in height.

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

The leaves are smooth in texture.

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

They have no teeth.

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)
Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

Seaside Goldenrod is native to eastern North America and parts of the Caribbean.

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

The Latin name “Solidago” means “to make whole or heal” and refers to the supposed medicinal qualities of these plants.

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

“sempervirens” means evergreen as these leaves tend to be when winter approaches.

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

Miles Hearn

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