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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Solidago canadensis - shorthair goldenrod

Other Common Names: Canada goldenrod
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial   Similar Species: Solidago altissima
General Desc: Tall, leafy, with tiny yellow flower heads in arching pyramidal clusters; produces showy displays, usually late in the summer.
Identification notes: Stems closely hairy toward the summit; leaves mostly toothed; leaves very numerous and rather uniform, only gradually reduced upward. Flowers mostly one sided on the branched flower heads. Rays fewer than the disc flowers.
Height: To 6 feet


Habitat Description: Moist or dry, open or lightly wooded areas, disturbed areas.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 2500 - 8500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Bright yellow     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Jul - Oct
Description: Small flowers to 1/8 inch with yellow bracts on arching stems in large (10 inch), loose, terminal pyramidal clusters; flowers mostly along one side of stems.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Narrow, both ends taper to a point, stalkless, three prominent veins, to 5 inches long. Leaves are smooth or slightly hairy on the veins beneath. Stems are leafy with fine hairs mostly at the top but otherwise smooth. Leaves often wither by flowering.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: Bristly.

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