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Solidago lepida
western Canada goldenrod

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains, and east across Canada to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Dry to moist areas in meadows and riparian areas, from low to middle elevations.

Flowers: July-October

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies, butterflies, beetles, wasps


Erect perennial from a creeping rhizome, 3-15 dm. tall, puberulent on the upper half of the stem and often glabrous below.


Basal leaves wanting or, like the lower cauline, reduced and soon deciduous; stem leaves numerous and crowded, scarcely reduced upward, lance-linear, tapering to the sessile base, sharply serrate to entire, 5-15 cm. long and 5-22 mm. wide.


Inflorescence a terminal panicle with numerous flowers, the branches varying from straight to strongly recurved; involucre 2-5 mm. high, its bracts thin and tapered; rays 10-17, usually 13, 1-3 mm. long, yellow.



Accepted Name:
Solidago lepida DC.
Publication: Prodr. 5: 339. 1836.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Solidago canadensis L. var. lepida (DC.) Cronquist
Solidago canadensis L. var. subserrata (DC.) Cronquist [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Solidago lepida in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Solidago lepida checklist entry

OregonFlora: Solidago lepida information

E-Flora BC: Solidago lepida atlas page

CalPhotos: Solidago lepida photos

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