Written by Don Richardson 
Sweet Goldenrod (Solidago Odora)
Plant Type
Perennial Wildflower
3-4’ tall thin plant
Sun Exposure
Full sun 
Soil Type
Acidic - Neutral
Soil pH
Bloom Time
Most of the year
Hardiness Zones
4-10 (USDA)
Is a Florida Native
Self pollinates
Edible Plant
Yes – leaves & tops (cooked)
Medicinal Plant
Any reference to medicinal or culinary use of plants or plant parts should in no way be considered an endorsement by The Ocala Food Forest or its staff. Research is crucial in safe and proper consumption or experimentational use of any plant.

The Solidago odora plant is a species of goldenrod native to the eastern United States and Canada. It's commonly known by its Latin name but is also known as sweet-scented goldenrod or anise-scented goldenrod due to its unique, licorice-like aroma. In this blog post, we'll provide an overview of the Solidago odora plant and explore why it's gaining popularity among gardeners.

Description of the Plant 
The Solidago odora is an herbaceous perennial found in wet conditions such as swamps, damp meadows, and riverbanks. This perennial can grow up to three feet tall and features light greenish-yellow flowers that are arranged in terminal clusters at the top of its stems. It blooms from July through September and has a spicy/sweet fragrance that can be detected even when it's not in bloom.
Uses for the Plant 
The Solidago odora has many uses both in nature and for human beings. In nature, it provides a food source for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds during late summer months when other nectar sources may be scarce. For humans, it makes an attractive addition to any garden or landscape with its showy yellow flowers and fragrant aroma. It can also be used as a medicinal herb due to its anti-inflammatory properties—it’s often made into teas or tinctures to help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis or muscle pain. As an added bonus, this plant is deer resistant!
Growing Tips 
If you're looking to add this lovely plant to your garden or landscape, there are a few things you should keep in mind before planting. First off, the Solidago odora prefers moist soil so make sure you use well-draining soil when planting this perennial. Second, make sure you provide plenty of sunshine—this plant needs at least six hours of direct sunlight per day for optimal growth (though it will tolerate some shade). Finally, prune your plants regularly; deadheading encourages new growth and helps keep your plants looking their best throughout the season!
 All in all, the Solidago odora is a delightful addition to any garden or landscape due to its showy yellow flowers and fragrant aroma. Not only does it provide food for pollinators throughout late summer months but it also has medicinal properties that can help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis or muscle pain. Plus, this resilient perennial is deer resistant! So if you're looking for something beautiful yet low maintenance for your garden or landscape this season, give the Solidago odora a try!


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