Tall Goldenrod in Winter

by Carl Strang

The most common goldenrod in DuPage County is the tall goldenrod. It can dominate a successional meadow such as this one at Mayslake Forest Preserve.

In winter, close up, the seed head looks like this:

Tall goldenrod blooms in late summer.

Also conspicuous are the various stem galls, featured in a post last winter. The ball gall, which looked like this in development,

looks like this in winter:

The bunch gall, green during the growing season,

becomes distinctive and conspicuous in winter.

The less common elliptical gall has this winter appearance.

I did not find one to photograph in the last growing season.

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1 Comment

  1. February 2, 2011 at 7:29 am

    […] until next winter. Earlier I addressed northeast Illinois’ most abundant goldenrod species, the tall goldenrod. Today I will review two more members of genus Solidago. When in bloom, stiff goldenrod’s flowers […]


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