Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Gray Goldenrod - Solidago nemoralis   Aiton
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DistributionThroughout the state, but apparently absent from some tidewater counties.

N.S. to ND, south to FL and TX.
AbundanceCommon to abundant across the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, except scarce to absent in the far northeastern counties, and uncommon in the far southern counties. Fairly common to common in the Mountains. This is one of the state's most numerous goldenrods.
HabitatDry open woodlands and edges, glades, barrens, roadsides and banks, fields, pastures, clearings, powerlines.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-October.
IdentificationGray Goldenrod gets its name from the whitish, very short hairs that cover stems and leaves, giving the plant a grayish-green or pale green color as opposed to bright or dark green color. Stems typically grow only to 1-2 feet tall, erect to more often leaning, and with a terminal, triangular-shaped inflorescence of short to longish branches. Basal and lower leaves have elliptical blades with blunt teeth; middle to upper stem leaves are lance-shaped and have fascicles of tiny leaves in each axil. The ray florets are long for a goldenrod. S. puberula is similar, but almost always is erect and its leaves are glabrous beneath except for the midrib (vs. short-pubescent). Also that species has a rather cylindrical/tubular inflorescence and not triangular-shaped. Gray Goldenrod is easily and quickly encountered on most late summer and fall walks along powerlines and brushy wooded borders.
Taxonomic CommentsWeakley (2024) does not include varieties now.

Other Common Name(s)Old-field Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod
State RankS5
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieRoadside, Anson County, early Oct 2009. AnsonPhoto_natural
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