Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: neutral, average, poor, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: August, September
Bloom Color: yellow
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, attracts butterflies, colonizing, cottage garden plant, deer resistant, drought tolerant, fragrant plant, medicinal, naturalizing
Pricing & Availability
Solidago odoraAlso known as:
blue mountain tea,
Solidago odora grows to a height of about 4 feet, which is typical of most goldenrods. However, its fragrant, anise-scented leaves make it stand out among all others. The stems are typically smooth, or slightly downy. The leaves are lance-shaped, narrow, up to 4" long, and glossy. The dense, yellow flower clusters form arching plumes on the upper part of the stem. The bloom period begins in mid, to late summer, and lasts about a month.
Anisescented goldenrod is clump forming, and spreads less aggressively than some other members of the genus. It is well adapted to average, even poor, sandy soil. It is easily grown in a garden setting with average moisture, yet is also quite drought tolerant. Flower performance is best in full sun, but it tolerates part-sun and light shade. A good choice for use in wildflower meadows, cottage gardens, and sunny perennial borders. Cold hardy, and very heat tolerant. Zones 4-10
Seed germination rates are low. Propagate by dividing mature clumps in early spring when new growth begins to emerge.
Solidago odora is deer resistant, and attracts a variety of pollinators including bees and butterflies. The leaves of the plant can be used to make herbal teas. They have also been used to make topical treatments for wounds, or to treat internal problems such as ulcers.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Threatened: NH, OH, VT
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