Solidago simplex

From Puget Prairie Plants
Revision as of 00:29, 22 April 2020 by Haysar24 (Talk | contribs) (Taxonomy)

  • Scientific Name: Solidago simplex
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Common Name: sticky goldenrod, Mt. Albert goldenrod
  • Synonyms and misapplications: S. bellidifolia, S. spathulata, S. glutinosa
  • Codon: SOLSIM
Rod Gilbert 2008


Solidago simplex
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Phylum: Spermatophyta
Subphylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteranae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: 'Solidago' L
Species: Solidago simplex Kuth


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. [1][2]

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.[1]


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.[3]

Ecology and Wildlife

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

Photo Gallery


  1. 1.0 1.1 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.
  2. WTU Herbarium, Burke Museum, & University of Washington. Retrieved from
  3. Native American Ethnobotany Database. Retrieved from