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Solidago gigantea (Giant goldenrod)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Solidago gigantea

Solidago gigantea Aiton

Giant Goldenrod, Smooth Goldenrod, Tall Goldenrod, Late Goldenrod, Early Goldenrod

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Aster latissimifolius var. serotinus, Solidago gigantea ssp. serotina, Solidago gigantea var. leiophylla, Solidago gigantea var. pitcheri, Solidago gigantea var. serotina, Solidago gigantea var. shinnersii, Solidago pitcheri, Solidago serotina, Solidago serotinoides, Solidago ×leiophallax

USDA Symbol: sogi

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Giant Goldenrod, Solidago gigantea, is a smooth-stemmed goldenrod with arching flower stalks bearing flower heads to 1/4 of an inch (6 mm) long.


From the Image Gallery

13 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NS , NT , ON , PE , QC , SK

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS

Additional resources

USDA: Find Solidago gigantea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Solidago gigantea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Solidago gigantea


Record Modified: 2012-09-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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