Solidago gigantea

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaeSolidagoSolidago gigantea


A tall, rhizomatous perennial herb naturalised in waste places, by railways, on roadside verges, river banks and rubbish tips on a wide range of soil types. Most plants in the wild originate from the dumping of garden rubbish and probably spread further by seed. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of N. America; widely naturalised in Europe.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.5

Annual Precipitation (mm): 854

Life form information

Height (cm): 200

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary


Comment on Life Form

treat as a hemicryptophyte with spreading rhizome



Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 645

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 1

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Weighted Changed Factor: 53

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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