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Solidago multiradiata Aiton
Rocky Mountain Goldenrod, Northern Goldenrod, Alpine Goldenrod
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: SOMU
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
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 InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Larval Host: Damoetas Checkerspot (Chlosyne damoetas)
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial 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
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording 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 ReferenceWebref 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Solidago multiradiata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Solidago multiradiata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Solidago multiradiata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-16
Research By: TWC Staff