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Solidago odora

Solidago odora Aiton

 

Anise-scented Goldenrod, Sweet Goldenrod

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusSolidagoFrom Latin solido, “to make whole or heal,” because it was believed these species had healing properties
Speciesodora“Emits an odor”

About plant names...

Sweet goldenrod is native to eastern North America. For a comparison chart of some of the varieties of goldenrods, see Solidago.

Identification: Plants are 24-60" (60-152 cm) high. Stems are hairy. Leaves are dark green, with smooth or hairy edges and pointed tips, 1½-4" (4-11 cm) long. They are alternate, sessile, and have a single main vein. Crushed leaves release a scent of anise (licorice). Flowerheads are roughly tubular in shape. Blooms July through October.

Edibility: Dried leaves and fully extended flowers are brewed as an anise-flavored tea, or “tisane.”

Online References:

Solidago odora on gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Solidago odora on FLORIDATA

Solidago odora at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Solidago odora at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Solidago odora on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Solidago odora on blog.emergencyoutdoors.com

Solidago odora on web.fscj.edu

Solidago odora description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 24 Aug 2013.

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Solidago odora (Anise-scented  Goldenrod, Sweet Goldenrod)

8/17/2013 · Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA
≈ 10 × 7" (25 × 16 cm) ID is uncertain

Solidago odora (Anise-scented  Goldenrod, Sweet Goldenrod)

8/17/2013 · Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (18 × 12 cm) ID is uncertain

Solidago odora (Anise-scented  Goldenrod, Sweet Goldenrod)

8/17/2013 · Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA
≈ 11 × 7" (28 × 18 cm) ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 4-9:

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