GOLDEN ROD SOLIDAGO VIRGAUREA HERB SEEDS GROWS IN HOT SANDY SPOTS DROUGHT HARDY YELLOW FLOWERS $2.10

LOVES DRY AND SANDY SOILS, DROUGHT TOLERANT AND SOLIDAGO IS NAMED AFTER THE LATIN WORD SOLIDUS WHICH MEANS TO MAKE WHOLE.

Goldenrod comes in about 120 different varieties, this one is Solidago virgaurea which is a medicinal herb. It is on the permitted seeds list for WA. Please check your local agriculture department to see if this is permitted in your area.

From North Carolina University:

Solidago, or Goldenrod, is a genus of herbaceous perennials in the aster family with up to 120 species and numerous cultivars. It displays small, bright yellow flowers in dense clusters on top of tall stems.  Deadheading spent flowers will result in additional blooms.

This plant is mostly native to North America; however, there are some species native to Mexico, South America, and Eurasia. They are often found in meadows, prairies, woodlands, thickets, and swamps.

The genus name, Solidago, is Latin for Solidus and means” to make whole.” This references the plant’s healing properties. Native Americans used this plant for medicinal purposes.

Goldenrod is easy to grow in full sun and average, dry to medium, well-drained soil. It is a very forgiving plant and tolerates poor, dry soils, clay, and drought.  The plant naturalizes quickly in the garden, and it may be advisable to divide it every two or three years to control its spread. Propagation is accomplished with wind-driven seeds or by the division of underground rhizomes.

Produces abundant nectar when moisture is plentiful, or when the weather is warm. The nectar attracts bees. wasps, and butterflies while birds are fond of seeds. It is also kangaroo resistant.

Goldenrod is sometimes confused with ragweed and wrongly accused of bearing the wind-borne ragweed pollen that causes allergies and hay fever.

 

Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis. Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

Grow Notes

Growing goldenrod from seed is easy; the only requirement for most Solidago species is a 60-day cold stratification period.  You can either plant them in the ground where they are to grow in Autumn or artificially stratify the seeds by placing them in a sealed plastic bag outfitted with a damp paper towel, sand, or vermiculite. Store the bag in the refrigerator for 60 days at 10c or lower (not freezing). After the stratification period, sow the seeds outdoors.

Sow seeds and cover very lightly, water with a fine spray and keep moist until germination.

Germination
14-21 days at 10 – 20°C

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