Hydrastis canadensis

Common name: Goldenseal

Native plant

Goldenseal is a short woodland spring-blooming species.  Its small, showy flowers sit atop a long stem that extends from large, maple-shaped leaves.  Flowers give way to bright red raspberry-looking fruit that are eaten by birds and small mammals.  Goldenseal gets its name from its bright yellow root systems which are harvested and sold for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  Due to overharvesting, it was once considered endangered in woodland areas but has made quite a comeback.  This plant is a great ornamental for use in shady areas of the landscape.  It will spread and form small colonies if given the room.

Also available in quarts.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 3
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure


Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Orange Yellow


Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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