Canada goldenrod

(Solidago canadensis)

Canada goldenrod

Solidago canadensis, commonly known as Canada goldenrod, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to North America and can be found throughout the United States and Canada.

The flowers bloom in the late summer and early fall. It is often considered a weed because it can spread quickly and is difficult to eradicate, but it is also an important food source for pollinators and can be used in herbal remedies.


Some of the traditional medicinal uses of Canada goldenrod include treating urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and arthritis. However, more research is needed to confirm its effectiveness and safety for these purposes.


Solidago canadensis is a perennial herbaceous plant that typically grows to be 3-4 feet tall, although it can occasionally reach up to 6 feet in height.

The root system is deep and extensive, allowing tha plant to survive in a wide range of soil types and conditions.

The stem is erect and can be either smooth or hairy. It is typically green in color and can have a reddish tint near the base.

The leaves are alternate and can range in size from 2-8 inches in length. They are lance-shaped and have serrated edges. The leaves are typically dark green and can be smooth or slightly hairy.

The inflorescence is a branching cluster at the top of the stem. Individual flowers are small, yellow, and about wide.

The fruit is a small, dark brown, oval or oblong achene. Each achene has a tuft of white hairs at the top that helps it disperse in the wind.


Distribution Map



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  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (flowering plants)  
  Superorder Asteranae  


Asterales (sunflowers, bellflowers, fanflowers, and allies)  


Asteraceae (sunflowers, daisies, asters, and allies)  
  Subfamily Asteroideae  
  Supertribe Asterodae  
  Tribe Astereae (asters and allies)  
  Subtribe Solidagininae  
  Genus Solidago (goldenrods)  
  Subgenus Pleiactila  
  Section Unilaterales  
  Subsection Triplinerviae  

Subordinate Taxa


Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis var. canadensis)

Harger’s goldenrod (Solidago canadensis var. hargeri)






Common Names


Canada goldenrod

Canadian goldenrod

common goldenrod











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  Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) Growing near Hemlock Valley
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Published on Sep 18, 2013

Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) is a member of the Asteraceae (aster/sunflower) family. It is native to North America, but has become circumboreal and is spreading problematically in various parts of Europe and Asia. Outside of its native habitat, the plant can spread quickly with a single stalk of the plant being able to produce 20,000 seeds. China, in particluar, is having much difficulty with its spread. In Shanghai, it has caused the extinction of 30 native species, while in other parts of China, it is having an effect on orange crops.

Here in its native range, the Nlaka'pmx and Okanagan peoples traditionally used the stems and flower heads to make a tea to assist fighting diarrhea.

I had to add music to this video due to a lot of vehicle noise behind me when I filmed it...

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Published on Jan 19, 2014

Canada Goldenrod - a member of the Asteraceae family






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