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Elm-leaved Goldenrod is a native perennial plant found in parts of Virginia. It is in the aster family and can grow to heights of up to 5 feet. The yellow flowers attract many insects, and numerous birds eat the seeds. It grows best in full shade to partial sun, but it can still do well in full sun as long as it has adequate moisture. The genus name Solidago means to "make whole", based on the use of the plant by Native Americans and others to treat a variety of ailments. The genus contains more than 100 species of goldenrod, with most being native to North America. The name "goldenrod" is based on most having yellow flowers.
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