The genus name comes from two Latin words: solidus (meaning "whole") and ago ( meaning "make"). In a medicinal sense, this plant can "make you whole," as the name alludes to its uses as both an anti-inflammatory and a diuretic.
Currently, there are actually 140 varieties of Goldenrod; therefore it has a unique adeptness in crossbreeding with other plants. All varieties of Goldenrod all are equally nutritious and boast many health benefits. Goldenrod can be used fresh or as a dried herb to make tea (although it is bitter), or as a fluid extract, tincture, or in capsules.
Mustard, orange and brown dyes can be obtained from the whole plant. A yellow dye is obtained from the leaves and flowers. It is in flower from July to October, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies. The plant is self-fertile and perennial, growing up to 0.6m by 0.4m.