General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 - 60 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Will Naturalize
Eating Methods: Tea
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Sweet Goldenrod
  • Anise-scented goldenrod
  • Anisescented goldenrod
  • Goldenrod
  • Blue Mountain Tea

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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 25, 2021 6:06 PM concerning plant:
    This is another of the common goldenrods with the plume-like, graceful flower clusters and the sharp pointed, long, narrow leaves with parallel veins. The leaves are toothless, smooth, and with transparent dots, and when crushed give off a nice anise or licorice scent. The yellow ray flowers, looking like petals, are only about 3 to 5 around each whole flower. It usually is 2 to 4 feet high. The root system is all fibrous, so it does not form rhizomes like so many other goldenrods, so it stays as a clump and does not spread aggressively. The scented leaves and dried flowers can be used to make tea. It is native to Nova Scotia in Canada and then from southern New Hampshire & central New York down to central Florida to east Texas up to Missouri in various meadow situations in dry or mesic soils. It is sold as seed or plants from some native plant nurseries as Prairie Nursery, Prairie Moon Nursery, New Moon Nursery, and North Creek Nursery.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Aug 27, 2013 3:56 AM concerning plant:
    This is the state herb of Delaware.

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