Solidago multiradiata Aiton
northern goldenrod (Rocky Mountain goldenrod)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Amelie Rousseau     (Photo ID #6433)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Solidago multiradiata
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a short rhizome or branching woody stem-base; stems erect, solitary, branched above, long-hairy, at least in the inflorescence, 5-50 cm tall.
Basal and lower stem leaves oblanceolate or spoon-shaped, toothed or sometimes entire, 2-10 cm long, 5-18 mm wide, conspicuously hairy-margined, at least along the stalks, otherwise glabrous; stem leaves similar, the middle and upper ones reduced and becoming unstalked.
Achenes short-hairy; pappus of numerous white hairlike bristles.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Late Summer
Source:  The USDA


Ecological Framework for Solidago multiradiata

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
1785 6 2705
Slope Gradient (%)
27 0 244

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

190 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 0 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

AT(142), BAFA(128), BG(2), BWBS(46), CMA(1), CWH(1), ESSF(414), ICH(6), IDF(25), IMA(55), MH(14), MS(114), PP(3), SBPS(18), SBS(9), SWB(89)

Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry meadows, fellfields, rocky slopes and forests in all vegetation zones; common throughout BC; amphiberingian, N to AK, YT, and NT, E to PQ, and S to NM, AZ, and CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Solidago multiradiata var. scopulorum A. Gray