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Goldenrod!

 
Matu Collins
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It sure has been a whiz bang year for Goldenrod. Our meadow went from looking like a diverse blend of wildflowers and perennial grasses to a pretty solid stand of towering Goldenrod. The pollinators are loving it.

I've read about it some, I know that it has some medicinal uses. What is really like to know is if you all have some personal experience with it. Have you used/made medicine with it? Does it invade every bit of your garden? Do you love it? Don't care for it? I'm so curious.

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wayne stephen
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We are also covered in it this year . The pollinators are having a feast .
 
                    
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I especially like the goldenrod odora variety, it smells like anise, strongly so, in the leaves and the flowers when crushed. This year after it has finished to seed I will collect the leaves to dry for tea/spice. It is a perennial. I agree, lots of it this year. Grows well in dryish harsh dirt.

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Craig Dobbelyu
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I've got quite a bit of it too. Seems the chickens and pigs aren't really into but the bees like it. We've got tons of wild flowers so most of the goldenrod gets cut down after the animals leave that paddock. I try to keep a balance of different plants in the field so every year I choose a few areas to go wild and spread seed. This has done wonders for the land and the animals. In another week or so the seeds will be blowing all over the place. Kids love to cut long stems of dry goldenrod to fling the seeds everywhere. They really like milkweed pods too.
 
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