Bluestem Goldenrod - Wreath Goldenrod
Solidago caesia

Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Bluestem Goldenrod may also be known as Seaside Goldenrod.

The plant is an upright perennial with extensively creeping rhizomes. The stems may be upward to 6 feet tall. Its preferred habitat is widespread in coastal marshes, streams, pine barrens and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The lower stem leaves are linear and fleshy and may be more than 6 inches long with occasional winged petioles. There is also a distinct mid-rib and a smooth surface.

The flowers are in axillary clusters as solitary wands or much-branched as a result of injury to stem tip before the flowering buds are set. Flowers are symmetrical in form; disc flowers are bisexual in nature and ray flowers are female.

Fruit is achene.

The entire plant has a thin waxy layer which easily rubs off, causing the stem and leaves to be gray-green or bluish green.

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