Cheery yellow flowers in early autumn on a tall plant, goldenrod is a superb bee plant, and is kind to your kidneys. It has been used for urinary tract infections as well as for strengthening the kidneys and for kidney stones. The German Commission E has officially approved goldenrod for the treatment of bladder and urinary system inflammations. It is used to treat allergic rhinitis or seasonal allergies, wounds, colds and flu and soothe a swollen throat. It makes a pleasant tea that apparently contains 7 times the antioxidant levels of green tea!
Easy to grow in any moderately fertile moisture-retentive soil in sun or semi-shade. It grows 1.8 x 1.0 meters.