Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

White-haired Goldenrod
Solidago albopilosa
Family: Asteraceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: LT

Global Rank: G2
State Rank: S2

Sandstone rockhouses and ledges along clifflines.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Mid August to late October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This goldenrod has white hairs on the stem. It is somewhat similar to S. flexicaulis in having ovate to elliptic shaped leaves distributed along the stem; the base is more subcordate (slightly heart-shaped). It is found in rockhouses and along rocky ledges.

Timber removal would be detrimental. Disturbance such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. A buffer along the cliffline above these forested slopes is needed.

Global Range:
Narrow distribution, in 3 Kentucky cos.: Menifee, Powell and Wolf. The range of this species is a part of the Daniel Boone National Forest, in the Red River Gorge area.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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