Canadian Goldenrod - Solidago canadensis


Vigorous medium to tall plant with erect stems to 1.5 metres. Densely leafy, leaves pointed and toothed. Flowerheads golden yellow 5 to 6mm each with 10 to 17 short rays in broad pyramidal panicles.

Similar Species

Canadian and Early Goldenrod are very similar. Canadian Goldenrod has hairy upper stem and leaves, whereas Early Goldenrod leaves are hairless (except on the side veins).

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Leaves serrate, at least near apex; roughly hairy on both surfaces and stems hairy at least in top half

Recording advice

The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


Roadside verges or waste ground.

When to see it

August to October.

Life History

Casual now well established as a wild flower - probably originally naturalised from garden stock.

UK Status

British records are mainly from central and southern England.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 76 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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