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Solidago plumosa

Yadkin River Goldenrod, Plumed Goldenrod

Scientific Name:

Solidago plumosa

Genus:

Solidago

Species Epithet:

plumosa

Common Name:

Yadkin River Goldenrod, Plumed Goldenrod

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

August, September

Growing Area:

Piedmont

Habitat Description:

In crevices of outcrops in rocky, flood-scoured riverbanks. Known only from the type locality, the gorge of the Yadkin River in c. NC, with a second population of this or a closely similar spaces reported from TN (D. Estes, pers. comm., 2014). Most of the population at the type locality was lost by construction of
two hydropower dams, one at each of the two ends of the gorge, and the flooding of the intervening area. This species is related
to the more northern S. racemosa and the newly described and more western S. arenicola. [= FNA, K, S, S]. Rare in NC Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G1 - Critically imperiled (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened, Endemic (*Key)

Federal Status:

FSC - Federal Special Concern (*Key)

Notes:

Endemic to NC. Found only in Stanly and Montgomery Counties in North Carolina - some indication a new population has been found along Yadkin River basin.

Young Plant

image

Tom Harville

Bloom Spike

image

Trena McNabb

Blooms close up

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Trena McNabb

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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