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

16 thoughts on “Goldenrod: Friend or Foe?

  1. Have you ever tried to drink goldenrod tea? I would not recommend it. Once I tried–and sneezed for two hours afterward. It’s much lovelier to admire the fair beauties.

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