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Coast Goldenrod
Solidago spathulata
About Coast Goldenrod (Solidago spathulata) Nurseries Show All Photos Solidago spathulata, the coast goldenrod or dune goldenrod, is a North American species of goldenrod in the sunflower family. It is native to the Pacific Coastal regions of the United States, in the States of Oregon and California. Solidago spathulata is perennial herb up to 50 cm (20 inches) tall with a branching underground caudex. One plant can produce as many as 100 small yellow flower heads in a branching array. The species grows on coastal sand dunes and on hillsides overlooking the Pacific.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 1.6 ft (0.1 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Fall

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dunes and blujffs


Elevation ?
3' - 3656'

Annual Precip. ?
14.7" - 56.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.20" - 2.03"

Coldest Month ?
44.6° F - 51.0° F

Hottest Month ?
55.9° F - 73.4° F

Humidity ?
0.17 vpd - 20.89 vpd


Sunset Zones ?
5*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low, Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Common uses
Groundcovers, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Solidago spathulata ssp. spathulata

Common Names
Dune 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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