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GOLDENROD Solidago virgaurea (Asteraceae) Height to 75cm. Upright but variable perennial that is sometimes slightly downy. Grows in woods and grassland, and on rocky banks, and is tolerant of a wide range of soil types. FLOWERS are yellow; individual heads are 5-10mm across and comprise ray and disc florets, and are borne in branched spikes (Jun-Sep). FRUITS are 1-seeded with pappus hairs. LEAVES are stalked and spoon-shaped at the base of the plant, while the stems leaves are narrow and unstalked. STATUS-Widespread and locally common throughout the region.
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