Goldenrod (Solidago) ~ LuminEarth’s How to Identify Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants

There are more than 20 species in our area (Tennessee) and many of the species hybridize, increasing the diversity of size and shape. Luckily, goldenrods are recognizable to everyone at the generic level. Goldenrods are perennial herbs with dens cluster heads of yellow flowers that bloom from mid-summer to frost. The heavy pollen of the goldenrods does not carry far in the air, so it does not often cause hay fever. (Hay fever is usually caused by ragweed, which blooms at the same time.) For the most current and detailed information on this plant, please visit our FREE Online Guide to Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants at www.luminearth.com . Disclaimer: The statements in these videos are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by or sanctioned by the FDA. Only your doctor can properly diagnose and treat any disease or disorder. The remedies discussed herein are not meant to treat or cure any type of disease. The user understands that the above information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician or a pharmacist. Make sure you can positively identify a plant before ingesting it. Some plants are poisonous, and misidentification could possibly result in serious illness or death.
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16 thoughts on “Goldenrod (Solidago) ~ LuminEarth’s How to Identify Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants

  1. @Kazooiee02 Thanks for the awesome feedback! We plan to make more videos in the near future. Please check back! 🙂

  2. I liked this video =) Very informative. I was actually out today and saw several of these =b More please!

  3. @CreaTiveNaTive73 Too funny! I think you can order it online, or you could make a tincture on your own.

  4. Ooohok, cause i called the natural food store looking for it, and the girl kinda freaked out, sayn that it was, and that she didn’t think i’d find sold anywhere , and that it grows wild every where, so i was was like oooo k….What da hell? I don’t know WHAT she thought i asked her for, LMAO!!! 🙂

  5. @CreatTiveNaTive73 Thanks for writing! As far as I know, Solidago is not illegal in the US.

  6. Thank you for the kind comment! We are planning to make more videos in the spring.

  7. Thx for writing! We use several different books – Info favs are “Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants” by “Wildman” Steve Brill and “The Forager’s Harvest” by Samuel Thayer. Photo favs “Great Smokey Mountains Wildflowers” by Carlos Campbell & “Wildflowers of the Land Between the Lakes Region, Kentucky and Tennessee” by The Center for Field Biology, Austin Peay State University. Also use the Peterson Field Guides. Thank you for your itnerest!

  8. I do that too! :) Yes you can divide and plant the Goldenrod rhizomes, texts suggest it is best done when the plants are dormant. Supposedly they will also propagate on small pieces of rhizome if kept moist in topsoil and potting soil until they have sizeable root growth.

  9. you can use goldenrod leaves and the flowering tops to make goldenrod tea. The standard recipe is: Sweet Goldenrod tea is prepared by steeping 1 — 2 teaspoons dried herb in 8 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes. If using fresh herb, you would use approximately 2 tablespoons. Thank you for your interest!

  10. When I said “runner” I meant rhizome. The plants I have send out new growths from underground rhizomes or runners, like crabgrass and other grasses.

  11. You can propagate goldenrod by division when the plants are dormant, from stem cuttings in the spring, or by collecting seeds. To collect seeds, you should allow seedheads to dry on plants, then remove and collect seeds.

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