Solidago uliginosa Nuttall

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aug_09_01.gthmb can't be loaded. Solidago uliginosa is a native, perennial that grows in wet areas and bogs. It has flowers in a tight tall clump at top of stem and has clasping leaves. The plant has a long branched caudex.


The genus name is said to be first from the Latin adjective solidus that means dense, solid, massive, compact, substantial, and, in a figurative sense, firm, and from the Latin verb agere of first person singular present indicative ago that means something like to do and to make, so that Solidago would refer to the plant's supposed ability to heal. An other but somewhat similar origin would be the latin verb solidare that means to reinforce, to consolidate, and this would refer to the Solidagos as above.

In Latin, uliginosus means damp, marshy, wet, a well chosen epithet since Solidago uliginosa grows in wet areas.

Common names

Some of the vernacular names of Solidago uliginosa are: Marsh Goldenrod, Bog Goldenrod, Slender Swamp-goldenrod and Northern Bog Goldenrod. The French vernacular name is Verge d'or des marais.


Solidago uliginosa has also been known as: Some botanists recognize several varieties of Solidago uliginosa:


Solidago uliginosa is quite typical, with its wand-like plume of flower heads at the top of the stem, its reddish stem and its wet habitat. aug_09_02.gthmb can't be loaded.



A thickened rootstock of adventitious and fibrous roots.



Flower heads



Solidago uliginosa grows in bogs, fens, wetland, open wet areas.


map_na.jpg can't be loaded. Solidago uliginosa is found it the eastern half of the USA, somewhat east of the Mississipi river. It is found in eastern Canada; it is quite common in Québec, it is the most common Solidago of Abitibi. The map, from Flora of North America shows the US States and Canadian provinces where Solidago uliginosa can be found.


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Plants, stem

The two pictures at the right show the plant in winter, in a bog, somewhat not too difficult to identify by its size and silhouette.

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Flower heads, fruits

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