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Common Name: Old-Field Goldenrod
Solidago nemoralis is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
N. America - New Brunswick to British Columbia, south to Florida and New Mexico.
Dry open places in foothills, valleys and plains[
]. Open sandy, gravelly, and clay soils, disturbed sites, roadsides, prairies and fields from sea level to 1000 metres[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will succeed in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
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[
]. No more details are given but the seeds are very small and fiddly to harvest[
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.