Some other popular common names of the herb are canada goldenrod, giant goldenrod, tall goldenrod, common goldenrod, shorthair goldenrod, harger’s goldenrod and rough canada goldenrod the herb can be found in a variety of habitats, although it is not shade tolerant. Solidago, commonly called goldenrods, is a genus of about 100 to 120 species of flowering plants in the aster family, asteraceae most are herbaceous perennial species found in open areas such as meadows, prairies, and savannas they are mostly native to north america, including mexico a few species are native to south america and eurasia some american species have also been introduced into europe and other parts of the world. Canada goldenrod (s canadensis) and showy goldenrod (s speciosa) are graceful plants with arresting yellow blooms only a few goldenrod species are native to europe, asia, and north africa, and one or two have been found in south america and the azores.
A good vulnerary herb, it has also proved of value when used internally in the treatment of urinary infections, chronic catarrh, skin diseases, influenza, whooping cough, bladder and kidney stones etc due to its mild action, goldenrod is used to treat gastro-enteritis in children. Warm sweet goldenrod tea has diaphoretic properties taken cold it stimulates the system and helps to dispel flatulence a tea made from the dried leaves and flowers is an aromatic beverage and can be used to improve the taste of other medicinal preparations. Canada goldenrod is also known as common goldenrod, tall goldenrod or aaron's rod range and identification of canada goldenrod this common weed is found throughout most of north america, from alaska to texas and all of canada, not including a small portion of the southeast united states (see range map here. An illustrated flora of the northern united states, canada and the british possessions 3 vols charles scribner's sons, new york vol 3: 393 provided by kentucky native plant society scanned by omnitek inc.
The names “early goldenrod,” “european goldenrod,” and “canadian goldenrod” are used interchangeably don’t confuse this herb with verbascum densiflorum, which is sometimes called “goldenrod” goldenrod is used to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation), as a diuretic to increase urine flow, and to stop muscle spasms. The health benefits of goldenrod goldenrod (solidago canadenis, s odora, s vigaurea, and many others) is part of the asteraceae (daisy) family the pollen is sticky and heavy so it doesn’t float into the air and insects pollinate the plant instead of wind. Warm sweet goldenrod tea has diaphoretic properties taken cold it stimulates the system and helps to dispel flatulence a tea made from the dried leaves and flowers is an aromatic beverage and can be used to improve the taste of other medicinal preparations native americans applied a lotion made from goldenrod flowers to bee stings.
Canada goldenrod is a tall herbaceous perennial with bright green leaves that grow mostly from the stems and bright yellow clusters of flowers at the tops of stems. Goldenrod can be used fresh or as a dried herb to make tea (although it is bitter), or as a fluid extract, tincture, or in capsules nebraska declared a type of goldenrod (soldiago gigantea) the state flower in 1895. Canada goldenrod and the closely related tall goldenrod (s altissima) are very similar and both have two recognized varieties or subspecies the two of canada goldenrod are var canadensis and var hargeri, and s altissima has subsp altissima and subsp gilvocanescens.
Solidago altissima l – canada goldenrod, late goldenrod solidago amplexicaulis torr & agray solidago arenicola br keener & kral – southern racemose goldenrod solidago argentinensis lópez laphitz, rita maría & semple solidago arguta ait – atlantic goldenrod, forest goldenrod, toothed goldenrod, cut-leaf goldenrod solidago aurea spreng.
The goldenrod plant is plentiful throughout north america and offers a plethora of healing virtues as an astringent and antimicrobial it can soothe a sore swollen throat – try it as a tea or infuse the fresh herb into honey it also helps to break up excessive and stuck mucous in the lungs, which can then be expectorated and expelled out.