- Common Name(s):
- Canada goldenrod, Canadian goldenrod, Late goldenrod, Tall goldenrod
- Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
This perennial wildlfower is in the Asteraceae, or sunflower family. It has erect, 2-6 ft. stems that occur either singly or in clusters. Stems are covered in narrow green hairy leaves that are between 2.5-3.5 inches long. Small, dark yellow flowers form a plume-like feathery inflorescence. It produces alleleopathic compounds, or chemicals that suppress the growth of other plants and it can become weedy. Although goldenrod is often blamed for hay fever because it is in bloom during that season, ragweed is the likely culprit. It does well in soils disturbed by humans.
Wildilfe Value: Bees, butterflies, and beetles, especially flower (soldier) beetles (Chauliognathus) are strongly attracted to the nectar-rich flowers. Members of the genus Solidago support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) asteris, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) braccata, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) canadensis, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticincta, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) nubecula, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) simplex, Perdita (Perdita) octomaculata, Melissodes (Eumelissodes) fumosus, Colletes simulans, and Colletes solidaginis. This plant is deer resistant.
This plant may be confused with: Any other goldenrod speices Solidago spp.
- August to November
- 2-6 feet
- Flower Color:
- dark yellow
- It is extremely rhizomatous and not recommended for smaller planting areas.
- disturbed, dry
- North America, Canada, Northern Mexico
NCCES plant id: 2875