Solidago velutina ssp. californica

California goldenrod

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium
Water: Naturalize, Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 3' X 1'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



California goldenrod is a hardy member of many plant communities throughout the California Floristic Province (Portions of the state with a mediterranean climate). It thrives in sunny, open places where it grows as a low patch of oblong, lance-shaped leaves. A leafy stock develops during the summer, maturing with a panicle of bright yellow flowers. California goldenrod will go nearly completely dormant in the fall and winter. With the winter rains the green leaves will re-appear and expand the patch via underground rhizomes. Full sun and at least moderately well-draining soil seems best. Once established, California goldenrod can be allowed to naturalize, i.e. no supplemental water, but it also tolerates fairly regular water.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen