Euthamia graminifolia (L.) Nuttall

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aug_09_09.gthmb can't be loaded. Euthamia graminifolia is is a native perennial herb that spreads from a branching rhizome to form large patches. It grows to 1 m tall in dry to moist old fields and meadows, and on damp sandy shores. It's commonly at or near the water table and is associated with past disturbance on alkaline soils. It was previously commonly known as Solidago graminifolia; it belongs to the Asteraceae family.


In Greek, the adverb ευ (eu) means well, regularly and θαμειοσ (thameios) means numerous, frequent, so that Euthamia would refer to the dense inflorescence of the genus.

In Latin, gramineus means grass-like and folia means leaves hence the graminifolia epithet since Euthamia graminifolia has leaves that are a bit grass-like.

Common names

Some of the vernacular names of Euthamia graminifolia are : Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Common Flat-topped Goldenrod, Narrow-leaved Goldenrod, Lanceleaf Goldenrod, Grassleaf Goldenrod, Flat-topped Bushy Goldenrod, Flattop Goldenrod and Fragrant Goldenrod. The French vernacular name is Verge d'or à feuilles de graminée.


Some botanists recognize four varieties of Euthamia graminifolia: The major variety is distinguished by the usually acute-tipped leaves which are obscurely glandular-punctate, and the flower heads containing 20 to 35 florets. The graminifolia variety is similar to the major variety except the leaves have attenuate tips and are conspicuously punctate under magnification. Other varieties are distinguished in having heads with 12 to 20 florets, or narrower, conspicuously punctate leaves with only 1-3 nerves, etc. Other botanists lump the four varieties together.

Euthamia graminifolia that was before in the Solidago genus has then (also) been known as:

Euthamia is still often listed in the Solidago genus; in February 2006, Euthamia graminifolia returned 10 400 results on Google while Solidago graminifolia returned 20 300 results!


Euthamia graminifolia is quite easy to identify:


Euthamia graminifolia is a rhizomatous erect perennial, from 2 to 3 feet tall. Sometimes it is slender and little branched, while at other times it branches frequently, creating a bushy appearance. The root system is fibrous, and new plants develop vegetatively from rhizomes.



Flower heads

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Fresh wet meadows, springs, fens, seepage areas, shores and stream banks, black soil prairies, edges of marshes, abandoned fields, and ditches along railroads often where on sandy or gravelly soil.


map_na.jpg can't be loaded. In Canada, Euthamia graminifolia is found from NewFoundland to British Colombia. It is also found in many States of the USA, the States along the Canadian Border, the north-eastern States down to Virginia, the Prairie States, many southern States: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia. The map shows the Canadian Provinces, the Canadian Territory and the USA states where the plant can be found.


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Plants, flower heads, leaves, seeds

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The leaves were scanned at 300 dpi; this allows to measure their dimensions.