while poking around on the surpisingly informative ‘wildflowers of minnesota” website today trying to identify these stems, i came to learn that there no less than 18 varieties of goldenrod in minnesota. i had no idea there was so much variation. these well-behaved and inviting leaves belong to the varietal called stiff goldenrod. other varietals include: grass-leaved, canada, hairy, velvety, ridell’s, showy, great plains, zigzag, early, gray, bog, tall, giant, missouri, upland white, cliff, and elm-leaved. geesh. i learn something new every day with STILL.