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Common Name: Prairie Goldenrod
Solidago missouriensis is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Western N. America - British Columbia to Ontaria, south to Arizona, Texas and Tennessee.
Open sandy and rocky soils, clay soils, prairies, grasslands, pastures, open conifer forests in foothills, sandstone ledges, limestone glades, and disturbed soils at elevations of 200 - 2200 m[
Succeeds in any moderately fertile moisture retentive soil in sun or semi-shade[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils.
A rather greedy plant, it is apt to impoverish the soil[
The plant attracts various beneficial insects such as ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies to the garden, these insects will help to control insect pests in the garden[
Young leaves - raw or cooked[
]. They can be added to salads or used as a potherb[
A very good tea is made from the dried leaves and dried fully expanded flowers[
Antiseptic. An infusion of the dried powdered herb can be used[
Mustard, orange and brown dyes can be obtained from the whole plant[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Only just cover the seed and do not allow the compost to become dry. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on for their first winter in pots. Plant them out into their permanent positions in spring or early summer.
Division in spring or autumn. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.