Solidago uliginosa Nutt. - Bog Goldenrod


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Solidago uliginosa - (image 1 of 5)



Family: Asteraceae


Bogs and fens.




Newfoundland and Quebec west to MN, south to MD, OH, IN, and in mountains to NC and TN.


Upright perennial to 1.5 m from a long, branched caudex. Stems glabrous except in the inflorescence. Leaves of two types; basal leaves oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, subentire to serrate, tapering to a long petiole that partially sheaths the stem; cauline leaves progressively reduced towards the inflorescence, usually less than 25, the lower ones more than 7 times as long as wide. Inflorescence much longer than broad, the branches straight and mostly not secund except for some shorter ones; inner involucral bracts obtuse or rounded, the outer often acute; rays 1-8, rarely more than 6.


Flowers August to early October

Wetland indicator: Obligate

Might be mistaken for S. speciosa but the two occur in completely different habitats, and S. uliginosa has much longer lower leaves that do not sheath the stem.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.




 Michael Hough 2009