Sweet Goldenrod

Sweet GoldenrodThis large family (Asteraceae), commonly called the Aster Family, consists of 1,314 genera and 21,000 species of herbs, shrubs, climbers and a few trees is found chiefly in temperate and subtropical regions.  The plants are of value to man as ornamentals; a few are insecticides and fish poisons. Sweet Goldenrod can be identified by its scent similar to Anise.Sweet Goldenrod leaves and flowers can be prepared as a delicate, anise-flavored tea. Native Americans used an infusion (medicine prepared by steeping flowers or leaves in liquid without boiling) for diarrhea, fever, coughs, nerves and measles and they also used a leaf infusion for tuberculosis.  The root was held in the mouth for neuralgia and was chewed for a sore mouth.

OtherCommonName:

Anise-Scented Goldenrod, Blue-Mountain Tea, Bohea-Tea, Fragrant Goldenrod, Sweet-Scented Goldenrod, True Goldenrod

ScientificName:

Solidago odora

Community:

Edge

PlantStatus:

Native

LifeSpan:

Perennial

PlantHeight:

2 to 5 feet

FruitingTime:

Late August to late October

Distribution:

Massachusetts to Ohio ~ Statewide in NJ

FloweringTime:

Mid-July to Mid-October

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Leaves 2 to 4 inches long, lance-shaped, toothless, smooth, show tiny transparent dots when held to the sun ~ Prickly along leaf edge ~ Flower heads are small, yellow-rayed plumelike clusters