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    "Solidago" is from the Latin "solidus" meaning "whole" or "solid", referring to the plant's supposed ability to heal. Linnaeus named this genus in 1753.  "Goldenrod" is a common name applied to all Solidagos.
Solidago velutina
Solidago velutina
Solidago velutina. Synonym: Solidago canadensis. (Velvet Goldenrod)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine. Meadows, woodland openings. Summer, fall.
Above: Lower Calico National Recreation Trail, August 10, 2016.
Left: Fish Creek Trail, August 9, 2005.

Solidago velutina is a common late summer and fall golden glow. In the Four Corners area it grows singly in open woods, as in these photographs, or in large groupings in open meadows and on hillsides. It arches gently and flowers are borne on one side of the stem, i.e., they are "secund".

Linnaeus named this species from a Canadian specimen in 1753. "Velutina" is Latin for "velvety". The plant has endured numerous name changes and the precise name is still not agreed on by authors of various floras. In his 2001 third edition of Colorado Flora, William Weber indicates that S. velutina is quite similar to S. canadensis and that both exist in Colorado. In The 4th edition of Colorado Flora, S. canadensis is referred to in relation to S. altissima: "According to the Flora of North America, S. canadensis is not native in Colorado". The Flora of the Four Corners Region, the Flora of North America, and the Synthesis agree in calling this species, Solidago velutina. The range of S. velutina is shown on the map below.

Solidago velutina
Solidago velutina. Synonym: Solidago canadensis. (Velvet Goldenrod)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine. Meadows, woodland openings. Summer, fall.
Fish Creek Trail, August 9, 2005.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Solidago velutina