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goldenrod,

any species of the large genus Solidago of the family Asteraceae (asteraster
[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called wild asters, and for a related plant more correctly called China aster (Callistephus chinensis
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 family), chiefly North American weedy herbs. They have small yellow flowers clustered, often in panicles, along a wandlike stem. The few species that have white flowers are called silverrod. The goldenrods were, at one time, incorrectly considered a chief cause of hay fever, probably because they bloom in late summer and autumn, at the same time as the less conspicuous ragweeds. Goldenrods attracted short-lived commercial attention when Thomas Edison found that certain species contain latex. Some species (sometimes called dyer's-weed) have yielded a dye, and the leaves of many species have long been used for medicinal preparations and teas, whence the botanical name [Lat. solidare=to make whole]. The goldenrod adds beauty to fields, roadsides, and salt marshes in so many parts of the United States that it has been chosen as the state flower of Alabama, Kentucky, and Nebraska and has even been suggested for the national flower. Goldenrod is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
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goldenrod

Grows next to ragweed and is the antidote plant to ragweed. People think they are allergic to goldenrod, but it's actually the ragweed right next to it causing the allergies. Canada exports tons of goldenrod to Europe and the U.K. for allergies because it doesn't normally grow in Europe. It is a great herb for allergies, hay fever, colic and gas. The seeds are a food source. Flowers can be chewed for sore throats. Antiinflammatory. Used for urinary system, kidneys, stones. Used in douche for yeast infections. To use, harvest the flower right when it's young and starting and make tea with it. The young tiny yellow flower cluster has a pleasant anise-like flavor, but the older bigger flower cluster has a bitter taste. You can still use the older flowers for the antiallergy benefit, but it just doesn't taste very good. Flowers, leaves and seeds are used. There are 100 species. Can grow up to 7 ft tall! (2.3m)

Goldenrod

 

(Solidago), a genus of perennial grasses of the family Compositae. They have small racemes with yellow flowers that are usually clustered in a common paniculate inflorescence. The fruit is an achene with a pappus. There are about 100 species, primarily in America but also in Eurasia. In the USSR there are about 16 wild-growing species and five to six introduced species that now grow wild. The best-known species is Solidago virgaurea, or goldenrod, which grows in the European USSR, the Caucasus, and Western Siberia. It grows in shrubs, felled forests, on the edges of forests, and in meadows. It is poisonous. Some American species contain caoutchouc. Canadian and hybrid goldenrod are cultivated as ornamentals.

goldenrod

of Kentucky and Nebraska. [Flower Symbolism: Golenpaul, 632]

goldenrod

1. any plant of the genus Solidago, of North America, Europe, and Asia, having spikes made up of inflorescences of minute yellow florets: family Asteraceae (composites)
2. any of various similar related plants, such as Brachychaeta sphacelata (false goldenrod) of the southern US
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