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Canada Goldenrod
Canada Goldenrod
(Solidago canadensis)
Because of its medicinal qualities Canada Goldenrod received the scientific name 'solidago' from the Latin words 'solidus' and 'ago', meaning 'to restore or cure'. Canada Goldenrod is a perennial of the sunflower family that grows from 30-175 cm. It's stems grow alone.

LEAVES:
- Canada Goldenrod leaves are dark green
- lance shaped; very pointed at the tip
- usually toothed
- crowded and numerous on the stem, fewer as progress up the stem
FLOWERS:
- small heads (2 cm.) of 10-17 ray and disk flowers
- yellow
- heads clustered in a plume shape at the top of the stem
- Canada Goldenrod blooms in late summer and fall
FRUIT:
- dry, one-seeded, nut-like
- hairy
- have white bristles - like tufts of hair - help in their dispersal
HABITAT:
- Canada Goldenrod is found in low to mid elevations
- abundant throughout the southern interior
- many habitats; disturbed areas or forest openings
FASCINATING FACTS:
- there are many species of the goldenrod found all over North America
- usually grows near the aster
- dried seeds area used in flower arrangements
- Canada Goldenrod flowers used in potpourris and in dyes
- the leaves are eaten as a green


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