Solidago, also known as Goldenrod, is a genus of more than 100 species of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Goldenrods are usually herbaceous perennials native to North America.
These sun-loving plants have long and slender stems with spiky tooth-like parts, and tiny golden-yellow flowers that bloom in thick clusters. Solidago could be a good choice for the back of a garden bed.
The genus name is derived from the Latin word“Solido”, which means “to heal”, “to safe”, “to make whole”, in reference to the supposed healing properties of these plants.
Solidago holds many symbols including growth, encouragement, caution, good luck and good fortune.
Interesting facts about Solidago:
The Goldenrod Allergy Myth
Regardless of well known myth, Goldenrods don’t aggravate allergy.
No one can be allergic to Goldenrod pollen because Goldenrods are pollinated by insects, while only wind-pollinated plants can cause allergic reactions. Actually, another plant called Ragweed is usually responsible for such allergies because it blooms at the same time.
Benefits and Uses
Solidago is well known for its healing properties.
It has been used across three continents to treat diabetes, tuberculosis, gout, hemorrhoids, asthma, arthritis and to heal wounds and skin issues.
All species of Goldenrod are edible and nutritious.
The flowers and leaves can be used to make tea, salads or can be cooked, blanched or added to soups.
Goldenrods come in a bright, golden-yellow color.
Goldenrods can grow up to 90 cm (3 ft) in height, while some species are only 10 cm (4 inches) tall.
Solidago grows best in well drained soil that is acidic to neutral.