KNP Rare Plants Database

KY Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves

Short's Goldenrod
Solidago shortii
Family: Asteraceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: LE

Global Rank: G1
State Rank: S1


Photo by KSNPC Staff
Glades, wood edges, along old bison trace, old fields, and rock cuts along roads.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Mid August to late October.
Fruiting Period: Early September to late November.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This goldenrod has smooth hairless (glabrous) leaves that are tri-nerved. They are generally reduced in size from bottom to top of the stem. The infloresence is paniculiform with recurved-secund (flowers on one side of the branch) branches. There are 5-8 rays and 5-9 disc flowers per flower head. The achenes are short-hairy.

Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction.

Global Range:
Known only from the vicinity of Blue Licks, KY. Michael Homoya (Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center's botanist) notes that an 1844 report from Indiana was mentioned in Dr. Asahel Clapp's journal (a physician and botanist from Albany, Indiana) (Homoya, 1996).

Known Kentucky Occurrences:
Species occurrence map

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Data Last Updated: November 2018
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