Goldenrod: Friend or Foe?
I have two different varieties of goldenrod (Solidago). One is Solidago sempervirens commonly found on the beach; it’s great for stemming the tides which wash away the sand. The other species I have is Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’ which looks great in a mass but drops seeds readily, so do not plant it in your state if it is not a native plant or considered invasive. Here in New Jersey, it’s a native wildflower and the butterflies love it.
Goldenrod is often unjustly blamed for hayfever when in fact ragweed, which to me does not look similar, is the culprit.
- great as a cut- or dried flower
- make tea from the leaves
- after blossoming use the woody stems to use as plant stakes for the following year