Solidago odora Aiton
Anise-scented goldenrod, sweet goldenrod, anise-scented goldenrod
Sweet goldenrod is native to eastern North America. For a comparison chart of some of the varieties of goldenrods, see Solidago.
Identification: Plants are 24-60" (60-152 cm) high. Stems are hairy. Leaves are dark green, with smooth or hairy edges and pointed tips, 1½-4" (4-11 cm) long. They are alternate, sessile, and have a single main vein. Crushed leaves release a scent of anise (licorice). Flowerheads are roughly tubular in shape. Blooms July through October.
Edibility: Dried leaves and fully extended flowers are brewed as an anise-flavored tea, or “tisane.”
Solidago odora on the New England Wildflower Society’s GoBotany site
Solidago odora on floridata.com
Solidago odora at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Solidago odora at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Solidago odora on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Solidago odora on blog.emergencyoutdoors.com
Solidago odora on web.fscj.edu
Solidago odora description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 4-9: