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PlantFiles: Canada Goldenrod
Solidago canadensis

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solidago (so-li-DAY-go) (Info)
Species: canadensis (ka-na-DEN-sis) (Info)

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16 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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7 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mpollock On Apr 5, 2006, mpollock from Neshanic Station, NJ wrote:

Our native Goldenrods (about 100 species) are THE primary nectar source used by eastern Monarch butterflies on their southbound migration to Mexico in the fall. Long ignored because of the mistaken belief that they cause hayfever, they can be hard to find but please plant them! Canada goldenrod volunteers in many areas and spreads by rhyzomes, so it can be too aggressive for small gardens. In this case consider some of the other species that do not have rhyzomes. Combine any of them with with ironweed and asters for beautiful fall purple and gold--and loads of butterflies!

Positive melody On Nov 30, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Unfairly accused of tormenting hayfever sufferers, Goldenrod isn't given the credit it deserves. It's a wonderful native plant that has few pests or diseases, grows well in nearly all conditions and gives a long lasting show of bright blooms.

It's at home in your garden, or along the roadside, and widespread through the whole country...covering just about all of the zones.

Gardeners ought to give it another look when deciding what to plant.

Positive lmelling On Nov 21, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Goldenrod makes a great "filler" for dried flower arrangements. Flowers must be cut when about 3/4 of the florets are opened and the flower is bright yellow. Gather cut stems into bunches and secure with a rubber band, then hang upside down in a dark airy place until dried - about 1 week. May be sprayed with a floral paint when either just cut or when dry to help preserve color if you wish.

We grow goldenrod down the perimeter of our yard and enjoy it's gracefulness and beauty in late summer. When you're cutting - watch out for the bees, they love it too!

Positive htop On Oct 7, 2004, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant grows much taller than stated above. I just took a photo of one that is 5 feet tall and 3 feet (or more) wide. It is a wonderful plant that brightens the late summer and fall landscape. There is a dwarf form named 'Golden Baby' that is very compact and attains a height between 18 and 24 inches which is suitable for containers and the smaller landscape. I just saw it for the first time yesterday at my favorite nursery. It is a hybrid which does not occur as a native in any region. The blooms are much smaller and the plumes of course are much smaller, but it still has great impact. The more I think about it, the more I want one of the dwarf forms. I am posting a photo now.

Positive pokerboy On Aug 20, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

I like Canadian Goldenrod's bright yellow flowers in autumn. It's also a quick spreader allowing you to have more plants in a short period of time. Likes full sun and a moist,well-drained soil. pokerboy.

Positive frostweed On Mar 10, 2004, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love the look of Goldenrod. In the Fall together with purple Aster and the white Heath Aster it presents a beautiful sight. Mine just appeared in my garden courtesy of the wind or the birds, thank you Mother Nature.

Positive Monocromatico On Nov 15, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Goldenrod is cultivated in cooler regions, and used in floral arrangements. I love the visual effect of those tiny golden flowers, but its a shame that it cant be cultivated here in Rio de Janeiro.

Neutral lupinelover On Jan 31, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Goldenrod does NOT cause hay fever. Some species are highly ornamental, including this one.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Midland City, Alabama
Brandon, Florida
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Benton, Kentucky
Constantine, Michigan
Mount Morris, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Young America, Minnesota
Saint Louis, Missouri
Neshanic Station, New Jersey
Ithaca, New York
Asheville, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Hilliard, Ohio
Vinton, Ohio
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
Millersburg, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Florence, South Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Baytown, Texas
Houston, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Hot Springs, Virginia
Natural Bridge, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Peterstown, West Virginia
Altoona, Wisconsin
Kinnear, Wyoming
Riverton, Wyoming

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