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Solidago odora

Sweet Goldenrod

Family Asteraceae


Use
Tea. Steep the leaves and flowers (dried or fresh) in hot water
for 10 minutes. Young leaves and young flowers are best.



Description

Growth Form: Herbaceous plant, usually 45-90cm (1.5-3ft) tall.

Leaves: ~8-10cm (3-4in) long, slender, smooth, parallel-veined. They show tiny transparent dots well held up to bright light.

Flowers: Small yellow-rayed blossoms, arranged in plume-like one-sided inflorescence. Blooms July through October.

Whole Plant (Hannah Ramer. Peru, MA)
Whole plant

Leaves (Hannah Ramer.T-lot, Brandies University)
Leaves

Flowers (Hannah Ramer.T-lot, Brandies University)
Flowers

Habitat and Range

Dry open areas, such as roadsides, dry woods, and pine barrens. Its northern border is Missouri, Ohio, New York, and New Hampshire and then south to Flordia and Texas.

Season

Leaves and flowers can be harvested summer to early autumn. These can be used fresh or dried for later use.

Flowers with Bee (Hannah Ramer. Peru, MA)
Flowers with bee

Fun Facts

Crushed leaves and flowers give off a sweet and anise-like odor, which gives the tea its flavor.

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