The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Missouri Botanical Garden
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
The conservation of Solidago shortii is fully sponsored.
Kimberlie McCue, Ph.D. contributed to this Plant Profile.
Short's goldenrod is named after its discoverer, Dr. Charles Short, who found the plant in 1840 growing on a limestone outcrop in Kentucky known as Rock Island. This island was located within the Falls of the Ohio River between Clarksville, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky. Construction of locks and a dam at the Falls in the early 1900's altered the Island to the point that the species was considered extinct for a number of decades. However, in 1939 E. Lucy Braun, a well-known ecologist, discovered a population in the Blue Lick Springs area of eastern Kentucky. Until 2002, this and another location in Kentucky contained the only known populations of this species in the world. However, in 2002, ecologists with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division
of Nature Preserves discovered a new population of this species--the first in the state--while conducting a botanical and natural area inventory. (Braun 1941; Indiana Department of Natural Resources 2002)
Distribution & Occurrence
Occurs in a variety of dry, mostly open habitats with shallow, clay soils, including limestone glades, edges of open woods, old fields, power line rights-of-way and rock ledges along highways. (USFWS 1988)
Occurs with Juniperus virginiana, Cercis canadensis, Cornus drummondii, Solidago nemoralis
| Over 73,000 shoots in 14 populations in three counties in Kentucky, however, the large number of stems may represent only a few unique genotypes (Buchele 1989) (see Research Summary)
One recently discovered population in southern Indiana contains an unknown number of individuals (Indiana Department of Natural Resources 2002).
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Habitat modification or loss
Ecological life history and reproductive biology
Seed germination rates under varying conditions
Genetic analyses of Solidago shortii are being conducted by Pat Calie (of Eastern Kentucky University) and colleagues
Most populations are being managed, either advertently or inadvertently, to keep each site in an early state of succession. This includes periodic removal of woody vegetation, as well as selective cutting and burning, grazing and mowing.
Causes for variation in seedling survivorship among sites
Reasons for limited population establishment and growth
Possible mycorrhizal relationship
Management considerations include:
Consider establishing additional populations within the historic range
Assess genetic variation