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


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.

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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