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Goldenrod

Solidago virgaurea

Herbaceous perennial with annual rods of clustered bright yellow flowers. Loved by insects.

PLANT TYPE Herb

PLANT HABIT Perennial

USES Medicinal, Pollinators, Utility, Ornamental

DESCRIPTION

Tall herbaceous perennial with annual rods of clustered bright yellow flowers in mid to late Summer. Loved by insects including butterflies and honeybees.

Flowers and leaves are edible and both can be used to make a medicinal tea. Also makes a good cut flower and is used in commercial floristry.


All known as Solidago, Goldruthe, Woundwort, Aaron’s Rod, Blue Mountain Tea, Wound Weed


Flowers can be used as a dye for cloth and paper.

PRODUCT NOTES In a 7cm pot.

RECOMMENDED LOCATION Forest garden, Wildlife garden, Ornamental garden

Aspect Full sun

Height Up to 1.8m

Spread 1m

Hardiness Hardy in UK WInter

Management and care Cut back stems in Autumn to prevent self-sowing.

Origin/history

In its native state it grows in open woodland, grassland, cliffs and hedgerows. Traditionally used as a healer of wounds and broken bones (Solidago means ‘To make whole’). Today is is mainly used to treat urinary tract infections by modern herbalists (Reference: Hatfield’s Herbal). The great middle eastern warrior Saladin treasured Goldenrod as a medicine and is said to have introduced it into the Middle East.

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Goldenrod