Latin name: Solidago velutina DC. ssp. californica (Nutt.) Semple
Pronunciation: sol-i-DAY-go vel-OO-tin-a ka-li-FOR-ni-ka
Common name: California goldenrod
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Habitat: Below 8000' in both dry and moist environments, in the open and in shaded woods, from coastal sage scrub to yellow pine forest, and in cleared or disturbed places
Blooming period: July to October
Name derivations: 1) Solidago 2) velutina 3) californica