Origin: Eastern and Central United States, and Ontario, Canada
Improvement status: Wild
Seeds per packet: ~400
Germination tested 2/2021: 21% (0% hard seed, 74% dormant seed)
Life cycle: Perennial
One of the most beautiful of our native goldenrods. Critical nectar source in the fall for various pollinators and beneficial insects. The bright yellow flowers can make a vivid yellow to golden dye. Plants grow to 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Good for mass plantings.
Mount Sinai Hospital writes this about the medicinal uses of two other closely related goldenrod:
"Historically, goldenrod (Solidago canadensis or Solidago virgaurea) has been used on the skin to heal wounds. It has also been used as a diuretic, meaning it helps the body get rid of excess fluid. The name solidago means 'to make whole.'
Goldenrod has also been used to treat tuberculosis, diabetes, enlargement of the liver, gout, hemorrhoids, internal bleeding, asthma, and arthritis. In folk medicine, it is used as a mouth rinse to treat inflammation of the mouth and throat.
A few animal and test-tube studies suggest goldenrod may help reduce inflammation, relieve muscle spasms, fight infections, and lower blood pressure. It does seem to act like a diuretic, and is used in Europe to treat urinary tract inflammation and to prevent or treat kidney stones. In fact, goldenrod is often found in teas to help 'flush out' kidney stones and stop inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract.
Goldenrod is often blamed for seasonal allergies. Actually it is another plant, ragweed, which blooms at the same time, that is usually responsible."
Our seed was produced by our friends at Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville, PA.
GROWING TIPS: Cold-moist stratify seeds for 60 days or direct-seed in fall. Surface sow (light needed).