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Canadian Goldenrod

(Solidago canadensis)

Other Names:




Asteraceae The Aster or Daisy or Composite Family

Identifying characteristics:

Growth Type:

An herbaceous perennial plant.


1 - 5 feet tall


Multiple lance shaped, three veined, and serrated leaves.


Single erect stem is smooth at base, but becomes hairy just below the flower branches.





Late spring to early summer


The yellow flowers are borne in broad triangular shaped panicle. The flowers persist well into autumn.


Small hard Seeds

Miscellaneous characteristics:



Roadsides, Clearings, Thickets

Parts Used:

Flower Heads, Leaves, Roots, Seeds


Wild Food Uses:

The leaves can be eaten as a cooked vegetable. The flowers and seeds can both be eaten raw.

The following text is meant for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness or injury. Always consult with a physician or other qualified medical care provider concerning the diagnosis and treatment of any illness or injury.

Medicinal Uses:

Native Americans used the root for burns. Use a tea or tincture of the flowers for fevers and snake bites, sore throats. The flowers contain a compound known as Quercetin, which is useful in treating hemorrhagic nephritis. Teas and tinctures made from the leaves have a diuretic effect. In Germany, leaf extracts are approved as a diuretic in the treatment of inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary tract. Also used in irrigation therapy to both prevent and treat urinary and kidney gravel. Caution: said to cause allergic reactions, but this has been shown to be a reaction to ragweed pollen, as the pollen of goldenrod is too heavy to be dispersed through the air.

Medicinal Actions:

Astringent, Diuretic, Lithotriptic

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Revised: 05/11/16 Living Afield