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.
Leaves serrate, at least near apex; leaves glabrous or hairy only on lower veins; stems more or less glabrous below flower head
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.
In flower during July, August, September and October.
Fairly widespread in Britain.
Infrequent or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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