Feb. 20, 2018

early goldenrod, Solidago juncea

Early goldenrod, unlike late goldenrod, lives up to its name. The earliest records here are from the fourth of July. It is the first to bloom in southern Michigan and much of the northeast. Of course, things get confused as one goes south. Fortunate Floridians can see them year round. This little one was clinging to a rock on the Lake Superior shore, and gives us something a little different to see. But it's not typical of the species, which often grows to around three feet. Early goldenrod grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NB, NS, ON, and QC. Marquette Co MI, 7/12/11.