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Recently Answered Questions
- Good morning Dr. I was delighted to find Solidago growing on my neighbors rock wall. The culm is growing down rather than up! The feature the surprised me was the spathulate leaf shape on the basal leaves. The characteristics seems to fit Solidago nemoralis. Can you confirm this? Thank you.
- Dear califyank, the images you have provided are consistent with Solidago nemoralis. To confirm this, you would need to observe dense, minute hairs on the vegetative portion of the stem (that which is below the branches leading to capitula). This pubescence doesn't show well in photographs without shooting images very close. If those hairs are present, you likely have Solidago nemoralis. Best wishes. (Monday, 15 October 2018)
- I was at Garden in the Woods recently and keyed out a plant to be Blue Mistflower Conoclinum coelestrinium or Eupatorium coelesrinium. I cannot find on Go botany or Wildflowers of New England?
- Dear swampthing, Conoclinium coelestinum is not yet known to be a member of the wild flora of New England. While found over a large area in the eastern and southeastern US, it has not been collected outside of cultivation in our region--this is the reason why you do not find it on Go Botany. Best wishes. (Monday, 15 October 2018)
- Can you tell me what this plant is please?
- Dear Funkycold, you appear to have photographed a species of Iris, likely Iris foetidissima (stinking iris). It is native to Europe. The red seeds within the capsule are distinctive compared with most of the irises I'm familiar with in North America (for example). (Monday, 15 October 2018)