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Common Name: GOLDEN ROD
Scientific Name: Solidago virgaurea

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Solidago virgaurea


  • Perennial
  • Solidago derives from the Latin 'solidare' that means 'to make whole' or 'to join' and refers to the healing powers of these plants.
  • It is native to Europa and can grow up to 80cm in height and 45 - 60cm wide.
  • Solidago virgaurea has knottted rhizomes, upright stems and oblanceolate, finely toothed, pointed leaves to 10cm long.
  • It bears yellow flowers in elongated, one+
  • Solidago virgaurea is native to Europe and can grow up to 80cm in height and 45-60cm wide.
  • It has knotted rhizomes, upright stems and oblanceolate, finely pointed leaves.
  • Solidago virgaurea bears yellow flowers in elongated, one-sided racemes in late summer, followed by brown fruits with a tuft of short white hairs.
  • It is fully hardy and needs well-drained, sandy to poor soil in sun - although Mountain Herb Estate has a heavy clay and it is doing well.
  • Solidago virgaurea can be propagated by sowing seeds in spring and summer - or by division in autumn or spring.
  • The flowers attract many different beneficial insects, such as lacewing and ladybird which help in controling pests, especially aphid.

Parts Used

  • The leaves and flowering tops are picked before the flowers are fully opened.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Solidago virgaurea is a bitter, astringent, relaxant herb that reduces inflammation, stimulates the liver and kidneys.
  • It is a good unrinary antiseptic and also expectorant, improves digestion, promotes healing and has anti-fungal properties.
  • Internally for kidney and bladder stones, unrinary infections, chronic catarrh and skin diseases, influenza, whooping cough, flatulent dyspepsia associated with nervous tension, gastric infection in children - and fungal infections such as candida.
  • Externally it is used for wounds, insect bites, ulcers, sore throat and vaginal and oral thrush.
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