Canada Goldenrod
(Aka Upland Goldenrod and Tall Goldenrod)
Solidago canadensis, Syn: S. altissima (T.& G.)
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

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Plant is an upright, hairy perennial with a rhizome from which new growth emerges. Its preferred habitat is fields, roadsides, stream banks and meadows.  Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are alternate on the stem; consists of one whole part; lower leaves stalked, upper leaves not (sessile); margins are toothed; lance-like and widest at the middle.  Tip of leaf may taper to a long or short point; base is wedge-shaped.

Flowers are in a panicle of heads; symmetrical in form; disc flowers are bisexual; yellow. Ray flowers are female and yellow.  Flowers occur in early autumn.

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The related S. gigantea is quite similar but has hairy stems. S. nemoralis has basal, spatulate leaves that become reduced upward.

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