Solidago virgaurea, the European goldenrod or woundwort, is an herbaceous perennial plant of the family Asteraceae. It is widespread across most of Europe as well as North Africa and northern, central, and southwestern Asia (China, Russia, India, Turkey, Kazakhstan, etc.). It is grown as a garden flower with many different cultivars. It flowers profusely in late summer.
Solidago virgaurea is a perennial herb up to 100 cm (40 inches) tall, with a branching underground caudex and a woody rhizome. It produces arrays of numerous small yellow flower heads at the top of the stem.
Goldenrod is a hardy plant with a cylindrical, knotty rhizome, from which a round stem grows in springtime. It attains a height of 20 to 50 cm, sometimes reaching up to 1 m. The lower part of the stem is usually non-branching, with a reddish tinge; it branches out further towards the top. The alternate leaves have a pointed elliptical shape with a dentate edge. Towards the flowering end of the plant the leaves become narrow and lanceolate with smooth edges. Numerous stalked golden yellow flowers form an elongated composite cluster at the top end of the stem. The flowers open from the bottom upwards.
This plant might be poisonous
How to get rid of:
Hand-weeding is still the best defense on small lawns where the number of weeds isn't overwhelming. It's most effective against annual broadleaf weeds. Pulling them while they're young—before they flower and seed—is the simplest way to prevent them from spreading.