Goldenrod Care: Information And Tips For How To Grow Goldenrod Plants
The Facts About Goldenrods
THE FACTS ABOUT GOLDENRODS:
Goldenrods are a type of annual or perennial herbs that grows from seed and produces small green leaves and flowers. They have long been used medicinally since ancient times.
There are many different varieties of goldenrods, but they all share similar characteristics such as their use in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and herbalism.
Goldenrods are native to China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. There are over 100 species of goldenrods.
Goldenrods are commonly grown in tropical regions like Florida, Hawaii, Mexico and Central America. They can also be found growing in temperate climates including New England, Michigan and Canada.
Goldenrods are not only useful medicinal herbs, but they’re also good culinary herbs because they taste very nice when cooked with other ingredients such as onions or garlic.
Some species of goldenrods are becoming rare due to habitat loss around the world.
The various types of goldenrods have multiple effects on humans and animals, but they are especially known for their anti-inflammatory, expectorant, emmenagogue and antispasmodic properties.
In TCM, the flowers and leaves are used to treat fever, common cold, headache, stomachache, diarrhea and vomiting. It can also be used to induce menstruation and labor. It’s used to treat poisoning, too.
SPECIES OF GOLDENRODS:
-Common goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) is a native species in eastern North America.
Common goldenrod flowers bloom from August through October. The leaves are hairy. The roots spread by stolons, which are above-ground runners that produce new plants.
The flowers are bright yellow and grow in a spike-like shape. They’re 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) in diameter.
The leaves are egg-shaped and can grow up to 2.5 inches (6 cm) long. They have rough edges and stiff hairs growing on them. The leaves have a strong, bitter taste and smell.
Common goldenrod grows best in open fields and meadows. It prefers dry, acidic soils. It grows in full sunlight.
The flowers attract bees, butterflies and skippers. The leaves and roots are toxic to mammals.
-Sticky goldenrod (Befaria racemosa) is a native of North America.
Sticky goldenrod flowers bloom in late summer through fall. The flowers have a strong odor that attracts bees and other insects.
The plant’s stems can grow up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall and have sticky hairs that can irritate the skin.
The leaves are lanceolate and up to 4 inches (10 cm) long. They are dark green in color with wavy edges.
Sticky goldenrod grows in open, sunny fields and along roadsides. It prefers sandy soil, but it can also be found growing in clay soil. The flowers bloom in fall.
Sticky goldenrod is very similar to common goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea). It can be distinguished from common goldenrod because its seedpods are longer and narrower.
It grows in the same areas as common goldenrod except it prefers drier areas. The leaves also have a stronger taste and smell.
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