Solidago odora Aiton - Licorice Goldenrod


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Solidago odora - (image 1 of 3)



Family: Asteraceae  


Dry, open woods, often in sandy soil.




MA, NH, and VT to southern OH and southern MO, south to FL and TX.


Herbaceous perennial to from a short, stout caudex; stems 60-160 cm, rough-puberulent in the inflorescence and in lines decurrent from the leaf bases; leaves mainly cauline, sessile, entire, glabrous with scabrous margins, finely translucent-punctate, weakly to strongly licorice scented when crushed; not prominently veined, 4-11 cm long, 5-15 times as long as wide; inflorescence paniculiform, with recurved-secund branches; involucres 3.5-5 mm, the bracts slender, acute, yellowish; rays 3-5(-6); disk flowers 3-5; cypselae short-hairy or subglabrous.


Flowers late July to November

Wetland indicator: NA

The leaves of this species are rather thick and taste like licorice.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY




 Michael Hough 2018