Coast goldenrod, dune goldenrod
California and Oregon
Sand dunes and bluffs, below 300 feet
Spatulate to oblanceolate, up to 5 inches long and 1 inch wide, lined by rounded teeth
June to September
Solidago spathulata is mostly found within a few miles of the Pacific coast of California and Oregon. Leaves are hairless, quite thick, and have an intricate pattern of branched veins. They are widest near the top, and the margins are shallowly toothed (crenate), most visibly towards the tip. Basal leaves generally have short stalks while stem leaves are sessile. Upper leaves are much reduced, to less than half an inch. Plants produce several stems - up to 15, colored green or reddish.
Small yellow flowerheads form in dense, elongated clusters of up to 100, not one-sided. Heads are attached by short stalks. Phyllaries are small and relatively numerous; between 15 and 24, in three or four rows. Flowerheads have between 10 and 18 disc florets surrounded by a ring of between 4 and 10 ray florets.