Oh, Goldenrod, Solidago, you’re misunderstood.
Your blossoms are pretty and your medicine’s good.
With dozens of species hailing from New York state
Insects are eager for nectar and pollen on their plates.
You bloom in late summer as the sun begins to fade
Draw out birds, bees, and butterflies like a nature parade.
Huang Hua reduces swelling and reduces pain too,
Supporting immune responses when faced with the flu.
You’re ariel parts are bitter, warm, dry, and astringent too.
Your flowers make fabric dyes in a brilliant yellow hue
Found all along roadsides, in fields and open space
the birds, bees, and butterflies love it more than any place.
You’re not what people claim that is causing cough and sneezing
Ragweed’s to blame for all that darn wheezing.
They provide so much beauty and medicine too
so next time you see it, give Goldenrod its due.
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Goldenrod | It's Everywhere!
Goldenrod are single-stemmed plants with large clusters of bright yellow flowers at the top, standing between one to five feet tall. They are found along roadsides, in open fields, along open trails and bike paths, in the dunes of the ocean and Great Lakes shores, on rocky summits, prairie, plains, meadows, pastures, savannas, and stream banks. Yes, pretty much everywhere except a swamp!
- As per Wikipedia:
Inventor Thomas Edison experimented with goldenrod to produce rubber, which it contains naturally. Edison created a fertilization and cultivation process to maximize the rubber content in each plant. His experiments produced a 12 ft-tall (3.7 m) plant that yielded as much as 12% rubber. The tires on the Model-T given to him by his friend Henry Ford were made from goldenrod.
- Goldenrod is the state flower of Alabama, Kentucky and Nebraska.
- “Short’s Goldenrod’ (Solidago shortii), one of 25 species of goldenrod Indiana, is one of the rarest plants on earth and was thought to be extinct. The only know populations of this goldenrod today are in the Blue Lick Springs area of northeastern Kentucky (14 populations in Fleming, Nicholas and Robertson Counties) and along the Blue River in Harrison-Crawford State Forest in southern Indiana (1 population).
From Field To Cupboard
Goldenrod is native throughout the US, with the exception of exception of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.
Goldenrod is highly attractive to bumble bees and honey bees, as well as several other types of bee species. It is one of the most important late-season pollinator plants, as bees frequently collect large amounts of goldenrod nectar prior to winter and other bees use the pollen to provision late-season nests.
Don’t blame goldenrod for your crazy, out-of-control allergies – it’s ragweed’s pollen driving you crazy!
You can tell the difference in their stems and flowers:
- Ragweed has highly branched stems from the bottom upward and small green-yellow flowers that blend in with the rest of the plant.
- Goldenrod has single-stemmed or somewhat branched near the top of the plant with showy, bright yellow clusters of flowers.
Remember, when it comes to telling them apart, “Green is mean. Yellow is mellow.”
Herbal Actions & Medicinal Uses
Below is some basic herbal information based on Western Herbalism and Chinese Medicine (TCM). Goldenrod is unknown to be safe for pregnant women. It also is recommended that because of its diuretic effects and the high amount of water intake, those with impared liver and/or kidney functions should talk to their healthcare provider before consuming goldenrod. Also, those with allergies to plants in the Asteraceae family should take caution.
With any herbs and supplements, always consult with a licensed health professional before use.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Leaf, flowers
Flavors: Bitter, pungent
Primary Organs: Kidney, Liver, Bladder
- Clears Heat and resolves damp stagnation
- Nourishes the Kidney
- Quickens the Blood, reduces swelling, and relieves pain
Over 100 species of goldenrod are a native North American species.
This is a full sun loving plant who needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Being in partial shade may reduce its blooms. It prefers well-drained soil with a pH in the acidic-to-neutral range. If the soil is too rich, it will get leggy and probably fall over.
Think about where it grows naturally – it really doesn’t need to be fussed over at all and will probably do best with you ignoring it (unless there is a lengthy drought).
Be careful where you plant it because it spreads by seeds and rhizomes and can be quite aggressive to other plants in your space.
USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 2-8
All plants are sacred. Goldenrod is particularly focused on encouragement and growth. Through goldenrod, you may:
- Discover your true self and individuality, empowering you to stand firmly in it, growing your social confidence and not allowing friends, family, or society to pressure you into being outside your authentic self.
- Develop courage, clarity and diminish your fear of judgment and rejection, supporting your improved self-esteem and acceptance of your true self and beliefs.
Goldenrod can be used in a number of spells including:
- Money Spells
- Prosperity Magic
- Love Spells
Below is some of the symbolism associated with Goldenrod.
|♀ Venus||♌️ Leo|
|🜄 Air||◉ Root Chakra, ◉ Throat Chakra|
|Celtic: Brighid, Cerridwen||Greek: Hestia|
|Roman: Janus, Plutus||Hindu: Lakshmi|