Solidago hispida (Pale Goldenrod) - photos and description




Stem leaf in above photo

Basal leaf in above photo

General: Erect woodland perennial with stout stems and with leaves reduced upwards. Stems pubescent / hispid.

Flowers: Inflorescence a long, narrow panicle of small yellow flowers, panicle to 30 cm long. Flowers grow on both sides of the stem (inflorescence is not one-sided). Flowers appear early August.

Leaves: Basal leaves are stalked, obovate, 11 cm long (including petiole) and 2.5 cm wide. Stem leaves alternate, upper leaves sessile. Leaves mid-stem are oblanceolate, 7 cm long and 3 cm wide. Top of leaves pubescent, bottom of leaves downy hairy.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 60 cm, I measured plants to 90 cm in height.

Habitat: Open woodlands, clearings and scrub prairie.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

Synonym: Listed in some of the guides we use as Solidago bicolor var. concolor.

How to identify this species: Inflorescence is narrow, stems pubescent / hispid, leaves reduced upwards, upper leaves sessile, basal leaves petioled.

When and where photographed: Photos taken August 20th, in moist mixed woods, Duck Mountain Provincial Park, 300 km northeast of our home in Regina, SK.