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  • 30 to 150 cm in height, depending on species
  • Long slender leaves with sharply toothed margins
  • Long clusters of yellow flowers at the top of the plant


  • Moist areas, forests, fields, roadsides, disturbed areas

Harvesting Time

  • July to September for flowers and leaves, fall or early spring for roots

Uses and Related Information

  • Flowers can be added to salads, and leaves can be cooked like spinach or added to soups, stews or casseroles
  • Some people boil the flowers and leaves to make a tea which is said to be useful in treating cold or flu symptoms, gas, cramps and headaches
  • Blanched leaves can be frozen and used at a later date
  • When eaten raw or cooked, goldenrod has a licorice-like flavour
  • Roots contain inulin, which is said to promote healthy stomach bacteria


  • Many people believe they are allergic to insect-pollinated goldenrod, but usually it is ragweed (which is wind-pollinated) that causes their symptoms.