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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Solidago altissima - Canada goldenrod

Synonyms: Solidago canadensis, Solidago hirsutissima, Solidago lunellii
Other Common Names: tall goldenrod, late goldenrod
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Erect plant to 5 feet tall with green lance-shaped leaves along the stems and arching flower stalks of small bright yellow flowers forming a feathery, plume-shaped inflorescence.
Identification notes: Stems have soft hairs throughout; leaves are very numerous, generally uniform, only gradually reducing upward; upper leaves have less teeth than lower leaves; inflorescences definitely one-sided; flowers have fewer ray flowers than disk flowers.
Height: To 5 feet


Habitat Description: Dry to moist roadsides, thickets, prairies & open woods.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 5500 - 8500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Aug - Nov
Description: Small, bright yellow flowers to 1/4 inch wide, 1/8 inch long, are clustered along the upper side of branches forming a plume-shaped inflorescence.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Yellowish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are green and lance-shaped to 6 inches long, gradually becoming smaller on upper stems.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: The fruit contains a single seed. Fruits have small tufts of hair which helps with dispersal by the wind.

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