Latin name: Solidago canadensis
Plant Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Origin: United States and Canada
Growing: Goldenrod is a perennial member of the Aster family which prefers moist soils and grows in either full sun or partial shade. It spreads through rhizomes and is a great barrier plant (either for privacy or blocking invasive species from running in a particular direction).
Edibility: The leaves can be cooked and are quite nutritious. It has 7 times the amount of antioxidants than green tea.
Medicinal Uses: Harvest the above ground portion of the plant when it's in flower. It can be used as a tea or tincture and is great for bladder infections, kidney stones, allergies and fungal infections. The tea has a really nice, sweet flavor.
Permaculture Uses: It's a great beneficial insect attracting plant and it produces a large amount of foliage, which is great for composting and mulch.
Price: $5 per plant