Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Solidago californica

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Solidago californica
Solidago californica
Solidago californica
Solidago californica
Solidago californica
Solidago californica

Species Name: Solidago californica
Common Name: Western Goldenrod

Large clusters of small yellow flowers on spikes that rise above low-growing foliage. Blooms in the fall when everything else is done. Spreads from the roots, but slowly. Attracts butterflies.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2' H x spreading
Growth Habit: Clumping, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 6900'
Flower Season: Summer/Fall
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: California Floristic Province, Modoc Plateau, Oregon, Baja
Natural Habitat: Woodland margins, grassland, disturbed soils. Elevation: below 6900'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: The plants spread from a running root system and send up many leafy stems 2 to 4 feet high, bearing a profusion of yellow flowers during the summer. Grows in dry places. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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