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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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