Goldenrod (6)

Goldenrods, the Solidago genus, are differentiated by their tiny yellow flowers growing in clusters either on one side of stem or in a pyramid. See also Mountain Goldenrod, Parry's Goldenrod and Western Goldenrod.

Solidago canadensis

Common Goldenrod
Solidago canadensis

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Canada Goldenrod
Photo taken on: July 29, 2004
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to subalpine
Habitat: Roadsides, meadows

Grows to 3ft tall in colonies with arching stems and toothed leaves.

Flora of North America reference.

Solidago missouriensis

Smooth Goldenrod
Solidago missouriensis

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Missouri Goldenrod
Photo taken on: July 25, 2007
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Roadsides, stream banks

Grows to 15" with smooth, almost leathery, leaves.

Flora of North America reference.

Solidago sparsiflora

Few-Flowered Goldenrod
Solidago velutina var. sparsiflora (S. sparsiflora)

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Three-nerve Goldenrod
Photo taken on: September 1, 2009
Location: Quemazon Trail, Los Alamos, NM
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Dry areas, hillsides, fields

Grows to 2ft in patches with rough leaves. Flowers grow on one side of the stem and have few petals.

Flora of North America reference.

Solidago nana

Rough Goldenrod
Solidago nana

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Low Goldenrod, Dwarf Goldenrod
Photo taken on: August 09, 2009
Location: Wet Mountains, Eastern CO
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Dry areas, roadsides

Grows to 20" with leafy, hairy stems. Flowers are in a pyramid shaped cluster. Leaves are rough and hairy.

Flora of North America reference.

Solidago wrightii

Wright's Goldenrod
Solidago wrightii

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: September 1, 2009
Location: Quemazon, Los Alamos, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Dry areas, hillsides, juniper-pinyon woods

Grows to 3ft tall with multiple stems growing from the base. Leaves are broader than other Goldenrods.

Flora of North America reference.

Solidago nemoralis var. longipetiolata

Gray Goldenrod
Solidago nemoralis var. longipetiolata

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Old-field Goldenrod, Prairie Goldenrod
Photo taken on: October 10, 2011
Location: Burnt Mesa, NM
Life Zones: Foothills
Habitat: Dry areas, hillsides

Grows to 2ft with an un-branched stem. The stem is reddish, covered with short white hairs and has small leaflets at the base of the stem leaves. The basal leaves are oblong and taper to a stalk-like base.

Flora of North America reference.

Yellow Long Clusters