Solidago canadensis var. canadensis is distinguished by having mid to upperl stems glabrous or sparsely hairy; stems in the inflorescence are hairy (Semple & Cook 2006 FNA). The variety occurs in old fields, pastures, disturbed ground, roadsides and open woods from southeastern Manitoba to Nova Scotia south to Iowa and Virginia. Specimens reported from Newfoundland are narrow-leaved forms of S. lepida ssp. fallax. This variety is offered in the horticulture industry and potentially could escape from gardens well outside the range of the species.