Page authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
Solidago simplex
sticky goldenrod
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains in Washington; Alaska to California, east to Minnesota and Texas.

Habitat: Open, slightly moist areas from coastal dunes to alpine meadows.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous perennial from a short woody base or short rhizome, 0.5-8 dm. tall, usually more or less glutinous at least in the inflorescence and peduncles.


Basal leaves oblanceolate to spatulate, toothed or nearly entire, blunt or rounded, up to 15 cm. long including the petiole, and 3 cm. wide, the cauline leaves progressively reduced and few.


Inflorescence long and narrow to short and compact, the heads often with long pecuncles; involucre 4-6 mm. high, its bracts imbricate, blunt; ray flowers normally 8, disk flowers 13, all yellow.

Identification Notes:

The similar S. multiradiata always has ciliate petioles (hairs along each edge), S. simplex never has these rows of hairs.

Accepted Name:
Solidago simplex Kunth
Publication: Nov. Gen. Sp. 4(fol.): 81. 1818; 4(qto.): 103. 1820.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. nana – dwarf goldenrod    British Columbia to Oregon
var. simplex – sticky goldenrod
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Solidago simplex in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Solidago simplex checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Solidago simplex atlas page.

CalPhotos: Solidago simplex photos.

USDA Plants: Solidago simplex information.

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