Sweet Goldenrod

Sweet Goldenrod

Solidago odora

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Pollinator Plants

Container Size: Quart

Bloom Time: August to September

Bloom Color: Yellow

Soil Moisture: Dry to Medium

Soil Type: Average, well-drained.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: anisescented goldenrod, fragrant goldenrod, anise scented goldenrod, licorice goldenrod

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Keystone Value: The Solidago (Goldenrod) genus supports over 120 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

Sweet Goldenrod’s name comes from its mild anise-scented leaves. Its swooping, golden flowers are showy and very attractive to pollinators, in particular many species of native bees. It provides valuable late-season food to wildlife, as it blooms from August on through into fall, and songbirds even eat the seeds. Goldenrod can be used in a perennial border, cottage garden, or butterfly garden. They are known to be deer, drought, and clay tolerant. Goldenrod tends to get blamed for fall allergies, but allergies are mainly caused by a similar looking plant – ragweed.

There’s some fun history about this plant that dates back to the early days of the United States. The story goes, that after the Boston Tea Party in 1773, the colonists’ only alternative tea was to make one from the leaves of Solidago odora. They branded it “liberty tea”, and began marketing it and shipping it as far away as China. This is a plant that has a wide range of practical and medicinal uses, and is a great addition to any garden.


Additional information

Container Size


Bloom Time

August to September

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Dry to Medium

Soil Type

Average, well-drained.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

anisescented goldenrod, fragrant goldenrod, anise scented goldenrod, licorice goldenrod

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