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Canada Goldenrod (Tall Goldenrod)
Solidago canadensis (Solidago altissima)

Canada goldenrod is a variable plant. The species Solidago canadensis now includes tall goldenrod (Solidago canadensis var. scabra), which was formerly considered to be a separate species (Solidago altissima). See the second and third photos below.

For help with identifying goldenrods, we recommend the web site Goldenrods of New England.

• Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
• Habitat: roadsides, clearings, thickets
• Height: 1-5 feet
• Flower size: flowerheads 1/8 inch high, in plume-shaped cluster 3-5 inches across
• Flower color: yellow
• Flowering time: July to September
• Origin: native

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Solidago canadensis
Solidago canadensis
These plants are the tall goldenrod variety (Solidago canadensis var. scabra) -- grayish leaves and a uniformly hairy stem.
Solidago canadensis
These plants are "straight" Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis var. canadensis). The leaves are greener, and there are no hairs on the bottom third or so of the stem.

Last updated January 28, 2012. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.