242-Weeds 2

Fact Sheet No. 242, UMaine Extension No. 2195


Prepared by David E. Yarborough and Timothy M. Hess, The University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Replaces March 1987 by Tom DeGomez, David Yarborough and Christopher Campbell. Revised April 2002.

Hairy Goldenrod, Solidago hispida

Herbaceous, flowering perennial, flowers August-October.  Stems 1.5′-3′ tall, stout and very hairy.  Leaves oval, very hairy, 2″-5″ long and 1″-2″ wide.  Flowers orange-yellow in terminal clusters that are longer than broad.

Canada Goldenrod, Solidago canadensis

Herbaceous flowering perennial, flowers August-October.  Stems smooth 1′-5′ tall leaves narrowly lance-shaped, sharply toothed, 2″-5″ long and 0.25″-0.75″ wide.  Small orange-yellow pyramidal flower heads with conspicuously recurved branches, usually borne in the upper side of the inflorescence.

Lance-leafed Goldenrod, Solidago graminifolia

Herbaceous flowering perennial, flowers July-September.  Stems 2′-4′ tall, rough and branched at the top.  Leaves 1″-5″ long and 1/8″-1/2″ wide.  The flattish flower cluster is made up of small, orange-yellow flowers and found at tips of terminal branches.

New England Aster, Aster novae-angliae

Many asters are found in Maine wild blueberry fields.  New England Aster is shown as an example.  Herbaceous flowering perennial.  Stems 2′-8′ tall, stout, bristly and branched near the top.  Leaves lance-shaped, 2″-5″ long and 0.5″-1″ wide clasping large stem.  Flower heads at the end of branches, 1″-2″ wide, ranging in color from violet-purple to rose or white with sticky hairs.

Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia serotina

Herbaceous flowering biennial or perennial.  Flowers May to September.  Stems 1′ to 3′ tall, stems bristly, erect, with few branches.  Leaves at base lance-shaped, on upper stem narrow.  Flower heads at end of long stalks, 2″-4″ wide, orange-yellow.  Center of flower head a mass of purplish-brown minute flowers.  Seed about 1/8″ long.


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