Feb. 25, 2017

gray goldenrod, Solidago nemoralis

This is the last of the visit to Ives. This is one of fourteen species of goldenrod in the Preserve. They occur in all habitats. They are as pervasive as any genus other than sedges. This one likes open often calcium rich soil. It is a very attractive plant, growing in colonies, with flower heads that all lean sideways. Indians sometimes used the seeds of this species for food, and as a treatment for jaundice. It occurs in AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, MB, NB, NS, ON, PE, QC, and SK. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 8/28/15