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Solidago multiradiata (Rocky mountain goldenrod)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Solidago multiradiata

Solidago multiradiata Aiton

Rocky Mountain Goldenrod, Northern Goldenrod, Alpine Goldenrod

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

This goldenrod makes creeping clumps with flowering stems mostly less than 2 ft. high. The leaves are elliptical to spoon-shaped, becoming reduced up the stem. Flower heads are not as numerous as on bigger goldenrods, but individually are larger with many golden-yellow ray flowers. They occur in dense terminal clusters.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall, often shorter.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , NT , NU , ON , QC , SK
Native Distribution: AK & adjacent Siberia to Lab., s. in mts. to CA & NM
Native Habitat: Rocky, lowland & subalpine habitats. Frequent in dry open areas of the Edwards Plateau and North Central Texas. Well-drained sand, loam, caliche, limestone.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Rocky soils.


Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Damoetas Checkerspot (Chlosyne damoetas)

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Solidago multiradiata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Solidago multiradiata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Solidago multiradiata


Record Modified: 2023-01-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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