Goldenrod – Solidago spp.

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Goldenrod – Solidago spp.

Common Name: Goldenrod

Botanical Name: Solidago spp., so-li-DAH-go

Decorative Life: 7-10 days.

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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.
  • 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.
Storage Specifics:

36-41F, up to 5 days dry.

  • 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