stiff goldenrod

(Solidago rigida)






stiff goldenrod



Distribution Map



2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 28, 29, 30.



Plantae (green algae and land plants)


Viridiplantae (green plants)


Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)


Embryophyta (land plants)


Tracheophyta (vascular plants)


Spermatophytina (seed plants)


Magnoliopsida (flowering plants)




Asterales (sunflowers, bellflowers, fanflowers, and allies)


Asteraceae (sunflowers, daisies, asters, and allies)






Astereae (asters and allies)


Solidago (goldenrod)




Some taxonomist separate the seven flat-topped goldenrod species in the Solidago section Ptarmicoidei as a separate genus Oligoneuron. The Global Compositae Database lists stiff goldenrod as Oligoneuron rigidum, with Solidago rigida a synonym. The Global Compositae Checklist lists it as Solidago rigida, with Oligoneuron rigidum a synonym. USDA PLANTS lists it as Oligoneuron rigidum. Almost all other sources list it as Solidago rigida.


Subordinate Taxa

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. glabrata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. humilis)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)



Oligoneuron rigidum


Common Names

hard-leaved goldenrod

prairie goldenrod

rigid goldenrod

rigid-leaved goldenrod

stiff goldenrod

stiff-leaf goldenrod

stiff-leaved goldenrod










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stiff goldenrod  

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Solidago rigidum (Stiff Goldenrod)
Allen Chartier

Solidago rigidum (Stiff Goldenrod)

Solidago rigida STIFF GOLDENROD
Frank Mayfield

Solidago rigida STIFF GOLDENROD



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Monarch butterfly forages on stiff goldenrod
Robert Klips


Published on Sep 13, 2012

Stiff goldenrod, Solidago rigida, is a prairie wildflower with bright yellow flowers that are avidly visited by a variety of butterflies, including this monarch butterfly. The location is the Larry R. Yoder Prairie on the Marion Campus of Ohio State University.

Dance of the Monarchs and Honeybees.m4v
Joy Buslaff


Uploaded on Sep 6, 2010

On a Labor Day weekend, migrating Monarchs and local Honeybees found nectar aplenty within the flowers of Solidago rigida (Rigid or Stiff Goldenrod).



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