Solidago canadensis (Canadian Goldenrod)

Scientific Name

Solidago canadensis L.

Common Names

Canada Goldenrod, Canadian Goldenrod


Solidago canadensis f. canadensis, Solidago canadensis subsp. canadensis, Solidago canadensis var. canadensis, Aster canadensis, Doria canadensis

Scientific Classification

Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Astereae
Genus: Solidago


Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Late summer to fall


Solidago canadensis is an upright rhizomatous perennial that grows up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall. Central stems are clad with numerous lance-shaped, stalkless to short-stalked, green leaves that are hairless above but hairy beneath and tapered at each end. The leaves are up to 6 inches (15 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. Central stems are hairless near the base but soft hairy above the middle. They are topped in late summer to fall with large, horizontally branched, terminal, pyramidal panicles with one-sided recurving branches filled with masses of tiny yellow flowers.

Solidago canadensis - Canadian Goldenrod
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USDA hardiness zone 3a to 9b: from −40 °F (−40 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Growing and planting Goldenrod is easy, as this plant will survive just about anywhere, though it does prefer to be grown in full sun. Goldenrod also tolerates various soil types as long as it's well-draining.

Goldenrod care is minimal once established in the landscape, with plants returning each year. They require little, if any watering, and are drought tolerant. Clumps need division every four to five years. Cuttings may also be taken in spring and planted in the garden.

Learning how to grow Goldenrod offers many advantages. Bad bugs can be drawn to the plant and consumed by beneficial insects that hatch their young there. Planting Goldenrod adds beauty and attracts butterflies to your landscape. See more at How to Grow and Care for Goldenrods.


Native to northeastern and north-central North America.


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