Solidago simplex

From Puget Prairie Plants
  • Scientific Name: Solidago simplex
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Common Name: sticky goldenrod, Mt. Albert goldenrod
  • Synonyms and misapplications: S. bellidifolia, S. spathulata, S. glutinosa
  • Codon: SOLSIM

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Viridiplantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Subphylum: Spermatophytina
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteranae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Solidago L.
Species: Solidago simplex Kunth



Glabrous perennial herb. Inflorescences spiciform to subracemiform, heads often with long peduncles, phyllaries imbricate, ray flowers often 8, disk flowers often 13. Basal leaves narrowly spatulate to nearly orbiculate, cauline leaves reduced upwards and not very many. [2][3]

Compared to Solidago missourensis and S. canadensis,the leaves are almost entirely basal and wider, and plant is generally shorter.

Bloom Period

June- September


Cascades from northern Washington to Central Oregon, Puget Trough, Rocky Mountains south to Arizona, and New Mexico, Great Lakes.[2]


Grasslands, prairies, open forest, shorelines, lowland to alpine.


First Nations

Reference to Nlaka'pamux people using the decoction of S. simplex as a tonic to restore appetite, and a poultice of the powdered leaves as a compress for mumps.[4]

Ecology and Wildlife

Solidago species provide important nectar and pollen sources for bees in late summer.

Gregory L. Tilford writes that the species within the Solidago genus may be used more or less interchangeably. He writes the greens can be eaten a cooked potherb, with variable palatibility, and the flowers make a nice sweetened tea. Dried leaves and flowers may be used as a styptic agent, and an infusion to reduce mucus production in the bronchi during a cold or flu. The tea is diuretic and regarded by him as a kidney tonic.[5]

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  1. Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved from
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hitchcock, C. L., Cronquist, A., Giblin, D., & Legler, B. et al. (2018). Flora of the Pacific Northwest: an illustrated manual. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
  3. WTU Herbarium, Burke Museum, & University of Washington. Retrieved from
  4. Native American Ethnobotany Database. Retrieved from
  5. Tilford, G. L. (1999). Edible and medicinal plants of the west. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Pub. Co.