Goldenrod


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Picture of Goldenrod Goldenrod
Common Name: Goldenrod
Botanical Name: Solidago spp. (so-li-DAH-go)
Decorative Life: 7-10 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution containing an anti-yellowing product. Or, spay the anti-yellowing product on the foliage to prevent yellowing. Foliage has to be completely covered to be effective when used as a spray. Any parts of the leaves not covered can still turn yellow.
  • Plant is susceptible to rust, a disease.
Harvest Instructions: Harvest when 2/3 of flowers are open.
Family Roots:
  • Members of the Asteraceae or Compositae (aster family).
  • Species are native to North/South America, Europe, Asia.
  • Common relatives include chrysanthemum, cosmos, dahlia, zinnia, ageratum, lettuce and endive.
Personality:
  • Has many tiny flowers in arching wands, erect spikes, branching plumes.
  • Stems are leafy, 18-24 inches long.
  • Plant is a herbaceous perennial, classed as a dicotyledon.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Mainly summer but also year-round.
Flower Color: Yellow, golden.
Storage Specifics: 36-41F, up to 5 days dry.
Tidbits:
  • From the Latin "solido" (to make whole or strengthen), referring to medicinal properties.
  • Goldenrod is not allergenic and its pollen is heavy and therefore cannot be carried easily by wind. Pollen causing hay fever is light and wind-borne, such as that from ragweed.
  • The Compositae or aster family is vast, with over 20,000 species, and is also one of the most developed families. It was named Compositae because the flowers are actually a "composite" of many individual flowers into one head. Hence, when children pull one "petal" off at a time, saying "she/he loves me, loves me not", they are actually removing a complete flower, not just a petal.
  • Suitable for drying