Early Goldenrod - Solidago gigantea


    The golden flower spikes are similar to Canadian Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis). In Early Goldenrod the upper surface of the leaves and the stem are practically hairless. A tall rhizomatous plant growing to 2.5 metres.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Leaves serrate, at least near apex; leaves glabrous or hairy only on lower veins; stems more or less glabrous below flower head

    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    It often forms dense monocultures on wasteland, roadside and railway verges.

    When to see it

    In flower during July, August, September and October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

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