Canada goldenrod

Solidago canadensis L. var. scabra Torr. & Gray

Life cycle

Clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial.

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Canada goldenrod clump.


Leaves initially develop from a basal rosette. Leaves are alternate, lance-shaped, tapering at both ends, stalkless, usually with toothed margins. Leaves are numerous and crowded along the stem, with soft hairs below and smooth above.

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Canada goldenrod rosette (left) and leaf (right).


Erect, up to 7 feet tall with little to no branching. Dense hairs present.

Flowers and fruit

Golden-yellow flowers are found in dense, pyramid-shaped, panicle-like clusters. The seed is enclosed in a single-seeded, wind-disseminated fruit.

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Canada goldenrod flowers.


Seeds and extensive creeping rhizomes.

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