Asteraceae #2


Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 1:00pm to Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 12:45pm




Beebe Lake, Cornell University Campus


Arieh Tal


The second in a series of three walks devoted to learning to identify our native asters and goldenrods. Registration is required if you wish to receive materials in advance. For e-mail registration, go to and click "Contact" on the top menu bar).  Meet at CCE at 1 pm to carpool or at Toboggan Lodge (behind Martha Van Renssalaer Hall) at 1:15 pm. 


Photo at the start of the walk by Beebe Lake - Norm Trigoboff, photographer.

Despite the intermittant rain, we identified dozens of plants in bloom.  Most of these were different from those we saw blooming in May. We had a chance to use Arieh's latest asteraceae key for the Finger Lakes region, and it was good practice to clarify teminology.


List of Plants seen in vicinity of Beebe Lake


Acer saccharum var. sacharum

Sugar maple


Actaea racemosa (Cimicifuga racemosa)

Fairy candles, black Snakeroot, black cohosh, black bugbane

not native in Cayuga Basin, but IS in other parts of Finger Lakes

Ageratina altissima

White snakeroot


Alliaria petiolata

Garlic mustard

not native, invasive

Anemone virginiana



Angelica atropurpurea

Purple-stemmed angelica


Apocynum cannabinum

Indian hemp


Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa

American spikenard


Arctium lappa

Greater burdock

not native

Ascepias incarnata

Swamp milkweed


Ascepias syriaca

Common milkweed


Bellis perennis

English daisy

not native

Butomus umbellatus

Flowering rush

not native

Calystegia sepium


not native

Campanula rotundifolia



Ceanothus americanus

New Jersy tea

not native, invasive

Centaurea x moncktonii

Meadow knapweed

not native

Chelidonium majus


not native

Cichorium intybus


not native

Circaea lutetiana

Enchanter's nightshade


Cirsium vulgare

Bull thistle


Coreopsis lanceolata

Lance-leaved tickseed


Cornus racemosa

Gray dogwood


Coronilla varia

Crown vetch

not native, invasive

Cystopteris bulbifera

Bulblet fern


Dipsacus fullonum


not native

Dryopteris marginalis

Marginal wood fern


Duchesnea indica

Indian mock-strawberry

not native

Erechtites hieraciifolius

Pilewort, fireweed


Erigeron annuus

Daisy fleabane


Eupatorium perfoliatum



Eurybia macrophylla

Large-leaved aster


Euthamia graminifolia

Grass-leaved goldenrod


Eutrochium maculatum var. maculatum

Spotted Joe-Pye weed


Fagus grandifolia

American beech


Filipendula ulmaria


not native

Frangula alnus (Rhamnus frangula)

glossy buckthorn

not native, invasive

Geum aleppicum

Yellow avens

not native

Geum canadense

White avens


Hamamelis virginiana

Witch hazel


Helianthus decapetalus

Thin-leaved sunflower


Heliopsis helanthoides



Hieracium murorum

wall hawkweed

 not native

Hieracium venosum

Rattlesnake hawkweed


Hylodesmum glutinosum (Desmodium glutinosum)

pointed-leaved tick trefoil


Hypericum perforatum

common St.Johnswort


Impatiens capensis

Spotted jewelweed


Impatiens pallida

Pale jewelweed


Lapsana communis


not native

Lathyrus sylvestris

Flat peavine

not native

Leucanthemum vulgare

Oxeye daisy


Lotus corniculatus

Birdsfoot trefoil

not native

Lysimachia ciliata

Fringed loosestrife


Lysimachia numularia


not native, invasive

Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife

not native, invasive

Melilotus alba

white sweet clover


Melilotus officinalis

yellow sweet clover


Mimulus ringens

Monkey flower


Monarda didyma

Oswego tea


Monotropa uniflora



Mycelis muralis

Wall lettuce

not native

Myosotis scorpioides

True forget-me-not

not native

Nymphaea odorata

Sweet white water lily

not native

Nyssa sylvatica

Black gum


Penstemon hirsutus

Hairy beard-tongue


Persicaria virginiana (Polygonum virginianum)


not native

Phryma leptostachya



Physocarpus opulifolius

Eastern ninebark


Picris hieracioides



Pinus strobus

White pine


Poa pratense

Kentucky bluegrass


Podophyllum peltatum



Prunella vulgaris


not native

Prunus sp.

 plum, cherry, etc


Pycnanthemum muticum

Blunt mountain mint

introduced here, but native in NYS

Rhus aromatica

Fragrant sumac


Robinia pseudoacacia

Black locust

not native

Rubus occidentalis

Black raspberry, blackcaps


Rubus odoratus

Purple-flowering raspberry


Rudbeckia hirsuta

Black-eyed Susan

not native

Sassafras albidum



Silphium perfoliatum


not native

Solanum carolinense

horse nettle


Solidago bicolor



Solidago caesia

Blue-stemmed goldenrod


Solidago juncea

early goldenrod


Sonchus asper

Spiny-leaved sow thistle

not native

Sonchus oleraceus

Common sow thistle

not native

Symphyotrichum cordifolium

Heart-leaved aster


Symphyotrichum lateriflorum

Calico aster


Symphyotrichum novae-angliaea

New England aster


Tilia americana

American basswood


Toxicodendron radicans ssp. radicans

Poison ivy


Tsuga canadensis

Eastern hemlock


Tussilago farfara


not native