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Common Name: Canada Goldenrod

Species Name: Solidago canadensis

Plant Type: Forb

Family Name: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family



Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Most of Eastern U.S., sometimes to the Rocky Mountains
Distribution in Oklahoma Body of the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Tall plant with large, flowering branches at top 
    • Leaves long and pointed with serrated edges
    • Typically in clonal stands
    • Stems often have a reddish-purple hue; tip of plant nods on immature plants


    • Many small yellow flowers on branches
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Lanceolate
    • Stipules: Absent
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 10-18
    • Flower Color: Yellow
    • Flower Timing: July-October
    • Fruit Type: Achene



Soil Type Various
Habitat Open prairies and open forests, rights-of-way and heavily grazed pastures
Successional Stage Early to mid


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