I have been seeing SO many posts today about this beautiful weed and wanted to give a quick PSA about it to my fellow homesteaders: Goldenrod (Solidago sp.) is a tall, native plant with bright yellow flowering stems. The pollen on it is heavy & sticky therefore does not spread and is not an allergy concern, but instead has been long known in herbal remedies for its usefulness. Both the leaves🍃 and flowers 🌼are edible, and can be made into anything you can think of really- tonic/tea, ointments, antiseptic/anti-inflammatory and diuretic agents for HUMANS….⚗️
✨HOWEVER, as my mother informed us when she first came up to the farm, heed warning because this invasive species is T O X I C to livestock! Horses 🐴cattle 🐃goats 🐐and sheep🐑 As little as 1-2% of their b/w a day can cause the onset of trembles-muscle spasming, and eventual death if allowed to persist. ☠️🚫Now that I’ve said all that, it does still have some serious health benefits for us, the bees love it, and according to the ’plant lady’ //ahem, momma dukes🕵🏻♀️// it dries very easily, making it the perfect ‘pick’ for fall flower arrangements too. 💐We have wild thriving fields of it in NEPA that almost look like canola at times (and if you’ve never seen a canola field you’re missing out).
Do you have a favorite way to harvest this stuff?? Post it here as I would love to do some fun things with it myself!!!(trying a mix of this with lemon balm and chamomile for tea first)🌿💛🌿💛🌿 #gardening_feature #knowyourplants #horticulture #sunset @gardeners.of.ig