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NAME: Goldenrod

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Solidago Odora / Asteraceae or Compositae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Sweet Goldenrod

CONDITIONS: sun, moist soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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licorice

DRY/COOK

Summer

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

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licorice

DRY/COOK

Summer

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

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Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT:  An aromatic, anise-flavoured tea is made from the dried leaves and dried fully expanded flowers. The blossoms are used as a flavouring. (1)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: 

o   Antiseptic;  Aperient;  Astringent;  Carminative;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Febrifuge;  Stimulant;  Tonic. (1)

o   https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-84/goldenrod 

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Many species and they hybridize with each other.

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:

·        Dye;  Essential. An anise-scented essential oil is obtained from the plant. It is used medicinally and in perfumery - especially for scenting soaps. Mustard, orange and brown dyes can be obtained from the whole plant. (1)

·        Bees, butterflies, and woodpeckers use the Goldenrod. “Woodpeckers, apparently experts in finding hidden food, peck open the galls and eat the growing insect inside.”(2)

·        “Thomas Edison experimented with goldenrod to make rubber, which it exudes naturally. In the 1930’s he managed to get 12% rubber out of each plant and Henry Ford gave Edison a Model T with tires made out of Goldenrod rubber. Edison turned his rubber research on the Goldenrod over to the government which carried it on until synthetic rubber was discovered during WWII. That ended Goldenrod as a source of rubber. However, its rubber is very strong and long-lasting, read better than synthetic rubber.”(2)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Solidago+odora  
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/solidago-odora-liberty-tea-2
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldenrod
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2006/12/goldenrod.html (good photos)
  5. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/goldenrod.aspx  (good photos)
  6. https://plighttofreedom.com/sweet-goldenrod