Western Goldenrod

  

(Solidago lepida)

Western goldenrod is an attractive perennial wildflower native to North America, especially the west. It can be found in sunny meadows, thickets, fields, roadsides, and disturbed areas; growing up to 5 feet and spreading by rhizomes. As our western goldenrod, it's a summer favorite both for the eyes and butterflies, in landscapes and pollinator gardens.

Numerous golden yellow flower heads bloom in a pyramid shaped panicle head from July to October. They attract bumblebees and a variety of butterflies which feed on the flowers and eat the seeds. Many 3 veined, toothed to toothless leaves grow directly off the stem. In fall, flower heads fill with fluffy seeds, giving goldenrod a rustic autumn appearance.

Medicinally, a decoction of goldenrod tops or roots were used by First Nations people to treat fevers, flu, diarrhea, and for children's ailments. Goldenrod is a strong diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic; commonly used for tooth and mouth sores, wounds, skin issues, and inflammation.