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Sweet Goldenrod

Sweet goldenrod or anise-scented goldenrod flowers
Photo credit: Eric Hunt

Sweet Goldenrod / Anise-scented Goldenrod
(Solidago odora)


  • 2 to 5 feet


  • August to September


  • Native
  • Perennial


  • Full sun to part shade

Soil moisture:

  • Medium to dry

Provides food for:

  • Honey bees (flowers)
  • Native bees (flowers)
  • Butterflies (flowers)
  • Hummingbirds (flowers, insects)
  • Caterpillars (foliage)
  • Songbirds (seeds, caterpillars and other insects)


  • Excellent fall nectar source
  • One of our least aggressive goldenrods and therefore best choice for garden settings
  • Crushed leaves produce a distinctive licorice smell
  • Dried leaves are sometimes used to make herbal teas

Native Range:

USDA range map for sweet goldenrod or anise-scented goldenrod
Map credit: USDA Plants Database

Relevant Backyard Ecology Resources: