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Meadow Goldenrod
Solidago elongata
About Meadow Goldenrod (Solidago elongata) Nurseries Show All Photos Solidago elongata, commonly called West Coast Canada goldenrod or Cascade Canada goldenrod, is a North American species of flowering plants in the sunflower family. It is native to western Canada, western United States, and northwestern Mexico, primarily in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and Baja California, with a few populations in Nevada and Idaho. It grows in the Coast Ranges, the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, and other mountain ranges in the region. Solidago elongata is a perennial herb up to 150 cm (5 feet) tall, spreading by means of underground rhizomes. One plant can produce 500 or more small yellow flower heads in a large branching (sometimes drooping) array at the top of the plant.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.8 - 5 ft (0.24 - 1.5 m)

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Summer, Fall

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Meadows, thickets


Elevation ?
-16' - 14114'

Annual Precip. ?
5.4" - 135.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.18" - 4.67"

Coldest Month ?
11.1° F - 52.0° F

Hottest Month ?
34.4° F - 79.3° F

Humidity ?
0.03 vpd - 27.29 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8, 9, 10, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Groundcovers, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Solidago canadensis ssp. elongata

Common Names
Canada Goldenrod, Canadian Goldenrod

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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