Seaside goldenrod can be recognized by its fleshy, waxy leaves -- an adaptation to the drying effect of salt spray. Seaside goldenrod once grew only near the coast, but in recent decades it has been spreading inland, mostly along highways that are heavily salted in winter.
Individual flowerheads of seaside goldenrod are larger than those of the typical goldenrod.
- Family: aster (Asteraceae)
- Habitat: beaches, dunes, salt marshes, and edges of heavily salted roads
- Height: 1-8 feet
- Flower size: flowerheads 1/4 to 3/8 inch high, in clusters 2-5 inches across
- Flower color: yellow
- Flowering time: August to November
- Origin: native