Solidago lepida

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  • Photo by Ben Legler
    Scientific Name: Solidago lepida
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Common Name: West Canadian goldenrod
  • Synonyms/Misapplications: Solidago canadensis
  • Codon: SOLLEP


Solidago lepida
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Phylum: Spermatophyta
Subphylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteranae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Solidago L.
Species: Solidago lepida DC


Erect perennial, forms patches from long creeping rhizomes. Stems leafy and hairy near the top, basally reduced, with a dense cluster of small yellow flowers.

Height: Up to 5 feet (1.5 meters).

Leaves: Lacking well-developed basal leaves; stem leaves numerous and crowded, gradually reduced upwards; saw-toothed to entire; hairless to roughly hairy on upper and lower sides; leaves are prominently 3-veined.


Flowers: Numerous flower heads in dense pyramidal cluster; ray flowers 10-17, 1-3 mm long; involucres 3-6mm x 3-5mm, long-pointed bracts that sometimes overlap, sometimes sticky and glandular.[1][2]
Solidago lepida seed. Photo by Lisa Hintz

Bloom Period

June, July, August, September.


Widespread on both sides of the Cascades, Alaksa to California, east to Rocky Mountains and eastern Canada.[2]


Ecological Setting

Fields, meadows, thickets, and shorelines, roadsides and disturbed sites; low to mid elevations.[2]

Soil Texture

Coarse, medium, or fine.

Soil Reaction / Salinity

pH, Minimum 4.8 pH, Maximum 7.5
No salinity tolerance

Shade Tolerance

Shade intolerant - mostly sunny 60%-80%



Birds: The seeds of goldenrod are eaten by numerous bird species.
Insects: The bright, showy flowers attract bumblebees and pine white, red admiral, and mylitta crescent butterflies. Syrphid flies and small wasps also frequently visit the goldenrod flowers.[3]

First Nations

Infusion of roots and flowers used for flank pains; Infusion of flowers taken as an emetic; Compound infusion of tubers given to babies that start suddenly during sleep; Compound decoction used as wash for child who does not talk or laugh; Infusion of flower heads taken for diarrhea; Infusion of shoots given to children with fevers; Decoction of flower heads taken for the flu; Infusion of blossoms used for special kinds of fevers; Infusion of plant used as a bath for the parent at childbirth; Decoction of plant used as a bath for babies with diarrhea, sleeplessness or excessive crying; Decoction of plant tops taken for diarrhea; Decoction of plant and wild tarragon used as a wash for horses with cuts and sores; Crushed blossoms chewed for sore throat; Infusion of crushed blossoms taken for body pain; Seeds used for food; Roots steeped or eaten; Roots smoked with other tobaccos.[4]

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  1. WTU Herbarium, Burke Museum, & University of Washington. Retrieved from
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hitchcock, C. L., Cronquist, A., Giblin, D., & Legler, B. et al. (2018). Flora of the Pacific Northwest: an illustrated manual. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
  3. Plants that Provide Seeds and Berries. (2018). Retrieved from
  4. Native American Ethnobotany Database. Retrieved from