Tall Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis L. var. scabra)


Tall Goldenrod Solidago canadensis L. var. scabra (Muhl.) T. & G.

(COMPOSITE FAMILY) Tall goldenrod is an erect perennial 3-5 ft tall arising from long, creeping rhizomes. The grooved stem is more or less puberulent, particularly above the middle. The alternate leaves are sessile, sharply to finely serrate, lanceolate, and puberulent. The inflorescence is a pyramid-shaped panicle with recurved branches, the heads all pointing outward. The small heads have yellow ray and disk florets. The fruit is a bristle-tipped achene. Indians in Utah and Nevada ate the seeds of this plant.