Nov. 4, 2019

seaside goldenrod, Solidago sempervirens

Seaside can be one of our larger and showier species of goldenrod. Or in difficult habitats it may be smaller, with a wand-like inflorescence. Its persistence makes it a good plant for restorations, particularly in saline habitats. It's preference for salty seaside habitats also now makes it somewhat invasive in places that salt their winter roads. A few years ago I spotted a particularly tall and beautiful clump of goldenrod near here. It was at the junction of two of our major highways. Seaside had arrived! But it has now disappeared into Mother Nature's blender. We seem to have a hybrid swarm of plants intermediate with this and Canada goldenrod at that site. Seaside has now been reported from AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, ND, NF, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Brevard Co FL, 1/27/13.