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Walk The Trail: Quincy Salt Marsh TrailStop 2

Seaside Goldenrod - Solidago sempervirens

Goldenrods are very common border plants among irregularly flooded salt and brackish marshes. Their large, showy clusters of bright yellow flowers give color to the marsh border in the late summer and early fall. While there are several species of goldenrod that grown along the trail, Seaside Goldenrod predominates. It is a fleshy herbaceous plant with smooth stems (though the flowering section of the stem may be rough or hairy). Its leaves are stalkless, alternately arranged and lance-shaped, and decrease in size toward the top of the stem. Plants are typically 3-4 feet tall but may be as much as 7 feet high.

Yarrow - Achillea millefolium

Yarrow is a weedy plant, usually found in fields and along roadsides. It has small white (or sometimes pink) flowers arranged in tight clusters in a flat-topped inflorescence, making it easy to confuse with Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota). Its slender fern-like leaves are greenish-grey and emit an herby scent when crushed. Yarrow can be found blooming along the trail from June through September.

 


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