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.