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houghton's goldenrod

Scientific Name: Solidago houghtonii

Description:  This is a threatened plant species in Michigan.  The goldenrod is an upright growing plant with many yellow flowers on top of the stem that look like daisies.  The flowers are flat topped. This is unlike many other goldenrods.  The leaves are thin and about 4.5 inches long concentrated at the base of the plant. 

Habitat:  These plants greatly enjoy moist sandy beaches.   Wetlands are mainly where Houghton's goldenrod grows.  In Michigan these flowers are highly abundant in the northern Great Lakes region.

Why is this plant threatened?  Like many other threatened plants in Michigan, this plant is threatened due to a loss of habitat and overuse by humans in the shoreline region. 

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