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Solidago odora

Sweet goldenrod, so named for its glossy, anise-scented leaves, is easily grown in just about any conditions, preferring full sun and dry, sandy, soil. Plumes of small, yellow flowers sit atop tall downy stems ranging from 2-4 feet tall.


A favorite of bees and butterflies, these late summer blooms help support native pollinators preparing for the long winter. Goldenrod gets a bad rep for being mistaken as a main allergen, but this is not true! Goldenrods do not cause hay fever, this is caused by the look-a-like ragweed. In fact, goldenrod leaves have traditionally been used in herbal medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments.


Photos courtesy of Dan Wilder


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Solidago odora (Sweet goldenrod)

  • details

    SIZE: 1/2 quart pot
    type: herbaceous perennial
    sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade
    water needs: dry, average
    height: 3'
    plant spacing: 1/sq ft
    bloom time: August, September
    bloom color: yellow
  • good plant companions

    New England aster.  
    From BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer: "I chose botany because I wanted to learn about why asters and goldenrod looked so beautiful together... Why is the world so beautiful? It could so easily be otherwise: flowers could be ugly to us and still fulfill their own purpose. But they're not... Goldenrods and asters appear very similarly to bee eyes and human eyes. We both think they're beautiful. Their striking contrast when they grow together makes them the most attractive target in the whole meadow, a beacon for bees. Growing together, both receive more pollinator visits than they would if they were growing alone... That September pairing of purple and gold is lived reciprocity; its wisdom is that the beauty of one is illuminated by the radiance of the other... When I am in their presence, their beauty asks me for reciprocity, to be the complementary color, to make something beautiful in response."

  • special notes

    edible parts: anise-scented leaves can be used for a tea
    deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)