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Canada Goldenrod

 "For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive" (D. H. Lawrence, Apocalypse 1930).

Canada Goldenrod Now in BloomSolidago canadensis is a plant of moist soil habitats (grasslands, thickets, stream corridors, forest openings, road shoulders) that belongs to the largest plant family in Montana, Asteraceae (Sunflower). This perennial spreads by rhizome and can form large monoculture stands. For this reason it is easy to distinguish from other plants from a distance (yellow flowers are on branches [stem apex] in the shape of a triangle). There are four species of Goldenrod on the Refuge: Canada, Western, Missouri and Late. Canada is the most abundant; it can be seen from Wildfowl Lane growing in fields south of the White Barn.

Goldenrods seem particularly important to insects: a blog by biologist Beatriz Moisset outlines her research and Gail Eichenberger blogs the Goldenrod Fly. According to Wikipedia, this species is an invasive in China causing severe problems for many native plants there.