Plant ID forum: Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Views: 466, Replies: 9 » Jump to the end
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Aug 2, 2015 2:17 PM CST
We've been mowing around this in the hopes it's a keeper. It's taller than me... maybe 6 feet. And it has not flowered yet. The only reason I am leaning toward Goldenrod is finding the Red Goldenrod aphids on this, but then this could fool me if they eat other plants, as well. If it is a Goldenrod, is there any way to narrow it down to a specific plant?


Thumb of 2015-08-02/Chillybean/f79f49

Thumb of 2015-08-02/Chillybean/1c09e6

Thumb of 2015-08-02/Chillybean/c513b0

Thank you so much.


Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
bamira
Aug 2, 2015 2:49 PM CST
most are similar goldenrod
Solidago altissima
Solidago canadensis
Solidago gigantea I tip my hat to you.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover Xeriscape
Image
frostweed
Aug 2, 2015 3:16 PM CST
I think it is Goldenrod.
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
Aug 2, 2015 3:30 PM CST
Looks like Goldenrod to me too. A few are found in Iowa:
Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Tall Goldenrod (Solidago altissima)
Giant Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)
Showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
Image
greene
Aug 2, 2015 3:32 PM CST
Do you have any dogs? My dogs love to eat Goldenrod leaves. It looks very much like what I grow for them. I don't know the actual variety because we relocated some from the nearby wild space.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
Image
Catmint20906
Aug 2, 2015 4:07 PM CST
Looks like goldenrod to me too!! Thumbs up
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Aug 2, 2015 5:36 PM CST
Thank you for the replies. Smiling
I ruled out the Tall Goldenrod based on the leaf close ups in the plant database here. It might be Canada, but I have to investigate the others. I had a Goldenrod last year I hurt my head with, that I gave up trying to ID it. I have some field guides here for plants, but I have a hard time really "seeing" what the black and white line drawings are.

greene said:Do you have any dogs? My dogs love to eat Goldenrod leaves. It looks very much like what I grow for them. I don't know the actual variety because we relocated some from the nearby wild space.


Yes, I have a dog. There's plenty of grass that he gorges on and hacks up. Sticking tongue out I try to avoid planting too much near his area, but he was able to reach his snout through the fence and chomp on some Maximilian Sunflowers. I was concerned it was poisonous to him, but he hasn't died yet.

Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Region: Minnesota Plant Identifier
Image
Leftwood
Aug 2, 2015 7:07 PM CST
Not sure how to identify Red Goldenrod aphids, other than being red. Confused But red aphids certainly attack other plants, too. Here they are on a Helianthus sp.
Thumb of 2015-08-03/Leftwood/f2ce6b

No reason to think the plant in question isn't a goldenrod, though.

Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Aug 3, 2015 10:02 AM CST
That answers the question of whether they eat only Goldenrod. I just left them alone sine there wasn't a lot of them and this wasn't anything I planted. As far I know this aphid is native to US. In my insect guide it actually says that if you find aphids and they are not causing a lot of damage to leave them alone as they attract beneficial insects.
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Aug 10, 2015 11:05 AM CST
I emailed a friend and she thinks it is Canada Goldenrod and warned me it can be very lively. For now this is ok, but next year we'll see how it goes when other things start growing in this second prairie patch.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Plant ID forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Dianthus 'Nyewood Cream'"