Colours and shapes
Solidago is about golden happiness. From gold and honey to canary, ochre and lemon, the flowers waft with different shades of summery relaxation. Unsurprisingly, the bees are also huge fans.
Solidago has many meanings, so pick the one that best suits the occasion, from sincerity and money to success and happiness. No wonder its common name is goldenrod. The flower also provides support in difficult times: place a bunch in a vase by the front door for luck, and give a big bouquet to a friend who could do with encouragement and support. If you see the plant shimmering in the wild, legend has it there'll be treasure buried underneath.
Originally from North America, we've been enjoying this flower in Europe since 1645. As a contrast, the Chinese and Japanese view the naturalised plant as a pest. For centuries, Native Americans celebrated the healing properties of these eye-catching yellow flowers. It's where the name comes from: firm (solidus) and make (ago).