E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

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

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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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.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

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

Habitat / 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.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 6 1785 2705
Slope Gradient (%) 0 27 244
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 190 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number 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)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is alpine tundra & boreal.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Solidago multiradiata var. scopulorum A. Gray

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