Solidago odora
anise scented goldenrod, sweet goldenrod

Solidago odora
Solidago odora
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Solidago odora
Common name: anisescented goldenrod, sweet goldenrod
Group: dicot
Family: Asteraceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 2 - 4'
Foliage: leaves entire, narrowly lance-shaped, usually anise-scented when crushed
Flower: yellow flowers in a curved, one sided cluster
Flowering time: mid July to mid August
Habitat: dry, sandy, sterile soil, open ground of thin woods
Range in New Jersey: statewide, most abundant in the Pine barrens
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc.: Used medicinally by Native Americans and the leaves were also exported for tea in the 1800's.

Stone, in 1910, says, "S. odora is the first to bloom and is found in dry, open, swampy woods, associated with Helianthus divaricatus, Ionactis linariifolius, Sericocarpus asteroides, S. linifolius, etc."(747)