Mt. Albert? I haven't found an explanation. The specific name 'simplex' is easier. These plants grow in clumps with unbranched shoots - a relatively simple form of goldenrod. And everything I've said until now is a cop out. This species is extremely variable, and has had many names and named subspecies and varieties. One author limits this species to a small area in Mexico. Trying to delineate the whole complex goes way beyond me. In any case it's one of our earliest blooming goldenrods, in AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NH, NM, NY, OR, PA, SD, TN TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, MB, NB, NS, NT, ON, QC(L), SK, and YT. Sawyer Co WI, 7/11/11.