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Solidago californica Nutt.
California goldenrod, Northern California goldenrod
USDA Symbol: SOCA5
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A 1-4 ft. perennial from creeping rhizomes with fuzzy-gray leaves and stems. The flowering stalks are wand-like with showy clusters of small, yellow flowers.
California Goldenrod is a member of the aster family (family Asteraceae) which includes herbs, sometimes shrubs or vines, rarely trees, with simple or compound, alternate or opposite leaves. Flowers small, but organized into larger heads resembling a single, radially symmetrical flower cupped by a ring of green bracts. In this large, worldwide family there are about 920 genera and 19,000 species. Cosmos, Sunflower, Zinnia, Dahlia, and many others are grown as ornamentals; Lettuce, Sunflowers, and Artichokes provide food. Safflower oil is obtained from this family. Ragweed pollen causes hay fever.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, OR Native Distribution:
mostly w. of the Sierras to s. CA,
extending e. into NV Native Habitat:
Dry to moist fields & clearings
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Dry to moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Spreads by rhizomes but is easily controlled.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by division or seeds.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff