Solidago canadensis - L.
Common Name Canadian Goldenrod, Shorthair goldenrod, Harger's goldenrod, Rough Canada goldenrod, Common Goldenro
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 5-10
Known Hazards Weak potential for sensitization. Irrigation therapy is contraindicated in cases of oedema due to renal or heart disease. Care needed with chronic kidney disease [301].
Habitats Dry to damp thickets, roadsides, slopes and clearings, avoiding acid soils.
Range Eastern N. America - Newfoundland to Ontario, south to Virginia. Naturalized in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Bloom Color: Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Late summer, Mid summer, Mid fall. Form: Upright or erect.

Solidago canadensis Canadian Goldenrod, Shorthair goldenrod, Harger
Solidago canadensis Canadian Goldenrod, Shorthair goldenrod, Harger
Physical Characteristics
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Solidago canadensis is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.8 m (6ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from Aug to October, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Aster canadensis. Doria canadensis. Solidago anthropogena

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Oil;  Seed.
Edible Uses: Oil;  Tea.

Young leaves and flowering stems - cooked[172]. Seed[22, 46, 61, 105, 161, 183]. Used as a thickener in soups[172]. The seed is very small[K] and is only used as a survival food when all else fails[222]. A tea can be made from the flowers and/or the leaves[172, 183].
Medicinal Uses

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Antiseptic;  Haemostatic;  Kidney;  Salve;  Styptic.

Haemostatic, styptic[168, 172]. The root is applied as a poultice to burns[168, 172, 222]. An infusion of the dried powdered herb can be used as an antiseptic[168, 172]. The blossoms are analgesic, astringent and febrifuge[257]. They have been chewed and the juice slowly swallowed to treat sore throats[213, 222]. A tea made from the flowers is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, body pains, fevers and snakebites[222, 257]. The plant contains quercitin, a compound that is reportedly useful in the treatment of haemorrhagic nephritis[222]. This plant is said to have similar medicinal properties to S. virgaurea. These are:- Goldenrod is a safe and gentle remedy for a number of disorders. In particular, it is a valuable astringent remedy treating wounds and bleeding, whilst it is particularly useful in the treatment of urinary tract disorders, being used both for serious ailments such as nephritis and for more common problems such as cystitis[254]. The plant contains saponins that are antifungal and act specifically against the Candida fungus which is the cause of vaginal and oral thrush[238, 254]. It also contains rutin which is used to treat capillary fragility, and phenolic glycosides which are anti-inflammatory[238]. The leaves and flowering tops are anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aromatic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, mildly diuretic, febrifuge and stimulant[4, 7, 9, 21, 147, 165]. 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[4, 238]. Due to its mild action, goldenrod is used to treat gastro-enteritis in children[254]. It makes an excellent mouthwash in the treatment of thrush[7]. The plant is gathered in the summer and dried for later use[7]. The seed is anticoagulant, astringent and carminative[218]. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant[9]. It is used in the treatment of kidney and bladder disorders, rheumatism and arthritis[9]. The German Commission E Monographs, a therapeutic guide to herbal medicine, approve Solidago canadensis for infections of the urinary tract, and kidney and bladder stones (see [302] for critics of commission E).


Other Uses
Dye;  Oil.

Mustard, orange and brown dyes can be obtained from the whole plant[168]. The source of 'Canadian goldenrod' oil[46]. We have no further details, but it is likely to be an essential oil.
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Foundation, Seashore, Specimen, Woodland garden. Succeeds in any moderately fertile moisture retentive soil in sun or semi-shade[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. A rather greedy plant, it is apt to impoverish the soil[1]. The flowers attract butterflies and moths[30]. The plant also attracts various beneficial insects such as ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies to the garden, these insects will help to control insect pests in the garden[201, 238]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, North American native, Naturalizing, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers.
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Only just cover the seed and do not allow the compost to become dry. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on for their first winter in pots. Plant them out into their permanent positions in spring or early summer. Division in spring or autumn. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Solidago canadensis scabraCanadian Goldenrod22
Solidago fistulosaPine barren goldenrod01
Solidago giganteaGiant Goldenrod02
Solidago graminifoliaFlat-Topped Goldenrod11
Solidago japonica 11
Solidago leavenworthiiLeavenworth's goldenrod01
Solidago missouriensisPrairie Goldenrod, Missouri goldenrod, Tolmie's goldenrod21
Solidago nemoralisOld-Field Goldenrod, Gray goldenrod11
Solidago odoraSweet Goldenrod, Anisescented goldenrod, Chapman's goldenrod22
Solidago radiata 11
Solidago rigidaStiff Goldenrod, Flat Topped Goldenrod, Stiff Goldenrod02
Solidago spathulataCoast Goldenrod, Creeping Goldenrod11
Solidago spectabilisNevada Goldenrod11
Solidago suaveolensanisescented goldenrod11
Solidago virgaureaGoldenrod13


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Readers comment
alex   Tue Jun 26 2007
please add up what are all the researches now going on about solidago (e.g., nutrient recommendation, spacing, post harvest management etc.
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