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Solidago simplex (Mt. albert goldenrod)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Solidago simplex

Solidago simplex Kunth

Mt. Albert Goldenrod, Narrow Goldenrod

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: SOSI3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

Generally several stems in a clump with largest leaves at base and many small yellow flower heads in a narrow long cluster.

This species can be found in a wide range of habitats and is variable. Although it occurs well into the mountains, in alpine regions it is replaced by Alpine Goldenrod (S. multiradiata), which is similar but with bristly hairs on the edges of its leaf stalks.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , DC , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OR , PA , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NS
Native Distribution: Canada south to central California coast, and in mountains to Arizona and New Mexico; also in eastern United States.
Native Habitat: Coastal sand dunes and open mountain slopes and valleys.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Solidago simplex in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Solidago simplex in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Solidago simplex


Record Modified: 2023-01-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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