Feb. 22, 2018

wrinkleleaf goldenrod, Solidago rugosa

Wrinkleleaf or roughleaf goldenrod is different than its northeastern kin in some subtle ways that help with its identification. The flowering heads are typically pyramidal, with arching branches. But the branches are farther apart, giving it a very artfully arranged aspect. The leaves lack the two long veins that parallel the midrib. And those leaves have depressed veins that result in a wrinkly appearance. Finally, if you look very very close, the strap flowers have toothed ends. Wrinkleleaf grows in open somewhat moist ground and in partially shaded spots in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, LB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and on SPM. Lenawee Co MI, 9/2/11.