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Canada Goldenrod

Scientific name

Solidago canadensis


Goldenrod is a native, perennial plant that can grow up to 2 m in height. The leaves are lanceolate shaped, taper at both ends, have fine teeth, and have a prominent mid-vein on the underside. Goldenrod flowers are a showy yellow colour arranged in a pyramidal shaped panicle and bloom between mid-July and September. Goldenrod flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, including bees and butterflies. This species spreads through it’s rhizomes and often forms dense colonies.

Planting conditions

Goldenrod thrives in full or partial sun and prefers dry to moist soil conditions. It is tolerant to a wide range of soils, including sand, loam, and clay. It is also tolerant to periodic drought, but young plants should be watered occasionally. Canada Goldenrod grows naturally in fields, along roads, ditches, stream banks, and lake shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Moist
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 2 m
  • Spread:
    • 0.5 m