Solidago odora, commonly called sweet goldenrod, is easily identified by its anise-scented leaves. Plants typically rise to 2-4’ tall on smooth or downy stems clad with dark green leaves that are lance-shaped and marked with translucent dots. Leaves may be used in teas. Branched, plume-like clusters of yellow, daisy-like flowers bloom in August-September. Foliage of this plant has been used in the past in herbal medicines for treatment of a variety of problems including wounds, ulcers, urinary disorders, flatulence and as a stimulant. Goldenrods are attractive to bees and butterflies.
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates poor, dry soils and light shade, but performs best in full sun. May be grown from seed and may self-seed in the garden. This species is primarily clump-forming and does not spread aggressively as do some of the other goldenrod species and hybrids.
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: August to September
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil