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Solidago odora (Anisescented goldenrod)
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Solidago odora

Anisescented goldenrod or sweet goldenrod

Licorice-scented foliage when crushed
Stunning fall color
Attractive to pollinators

Wonderfully fragrant leaves give off an anise scent when crushed, reminiscent of licorice candy! The lance-shaped leaves are a glossy, smooth dark green. S. odora has a tidy, clump-forming habit and is not weedy or aggressive in the garden. Attracts butterflies, bees, ladybugs, lacewings and other beneficial insects. Its high ecologial value and handsome appearance make it a valuable addition to wildflower gardens, meadows and naturalistic borders.

SIZE
Solidago odora LP50 - 50 per flat Availability
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Height

2-4 Feet

Spread

1-2 Feet

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Anisescented goldenrod Interesting Notes

Convincing gardeners to grow goldenrods is a bit like trying to sell Toyotas in Detroit, but I will continue anyway. They are certainly ubiquitous in the fall landscape and are still wrongly accused of causing hayfever. Therefore, it bears repeating that goldenrods, like aster, Joe-Pye, ironweeds, and all the Composites, are insect-pollinated, so their pollen is heavy and sticky in order to facilitate transfer by our six-legged friends. It is the wind-pollinated plants like grasses, ragweed and many trees (I am allergic to maples for example) that produce the great quantities of light, airborne pollen that get into our noses and throats and cause the immune reaction known as hayfever. There are goldenrods for every situation, and if you avoid the aggressively weedy species like S. canadensis (My apologies to Canada) and S. graminifolia, they are agreeable garden subjects at home in the border, meadow, rock, or shade garden. Once I started to learn the different species, I became more and more aware of their subtle differences and convinced of their important role in native ecosystems as soil stabilizers and sources of food and shelter for wildlife. They are beautiful in leaf and flower, too, and no wildflower garden is complete without a few of our hundred or so species scattered around. - William Cullina, The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers, p. 197

Solidago odora Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best in full sun but will grow in light shade. Performs well in sandy soils and tolerates clay soils. Drought tolerant.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Songbirds
Songbirds
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Average
Average
Moist
Moist
Dry
Dry
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Fragrant
Fragrant

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Fall
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Attributes
Meadow
Dry Sun
Native to North America
Moist Sun