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Asteraceae / Aster
Anisescented Goldenrod (Solidago odora)
Anisescented Goldenrod is also known as Sweet Goldenrod, Blue Mountain Tea and True Goldenrod.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 130cm in height (50inches). The plant has an anise like odor when crushed.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. The leaves are entire, narrow, have only one main vein and have no petiole but instead merge smoothly with the stem. The leaves become small near the top. They have small glands appearing as dots.
Flowers: The flowers have numerous parts. They are yellow. Blooms first appear in late summer and continue into mid fall. The flowers are on the upper side of arching branches.
Habitat: Dry open woods.
Range: All of eastern and midwestern U. S. except New England

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A very common Goldenrod and often used as the example species in wildflower books and herbal guides.

See: Goldenrods, Solidago

Lore: In addition to the medical properties a tea from Goldenrod may have this species produces a tea so flavorful that it has long been used in this country as a beverage. After the Boston Tea Party Americans turned to other plants for tea and may have found that this plant produced a suitable alternative. It was at one time exported to China. (Dobelis)

Medical Uses: The Cherokees used a leaf tea for many conditions including fever, coughs, nerves, measles, female obstructions and bloody bowel discharge and tuberculosis. They prescribed a root tea for neuralgia and chewed roots for sore mouth.(Hamel/Chiltoskey) Modern herbalist still use leaf tea as a carminative (prevents flatulence) and to promote sweating. Both uses are probably valid.

Similar Species: Many Goldenrods are similar.

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The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.

Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

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