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Wild Golden Glow

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Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Wild Golden Glow (Rudbeckia laciniata)

Wild Golden Glow, also known as Cutleaf or Green-headed Coneflower, is an herbaceous perennial herb in the Aster Family native to North America. It is found in most parts of the United States and Canada, usually close to water sources or moist soils. It grows 3–6 feet tall with grey-green, jaggedly-cut leaves, and blooms with bright yellow flowers. Its well-known cousin is the Black-eyed Susan (R. hirta) (“Rudbeckia laciniata,” 2019). R. laciniata is used in traditional Ojibwe (Chippewa) and Aniyvwiyai (Cherokee) medicine for gastrointestinal illnesses and as a treatment for burns. From Lee et al. (2012), “Extracts from the plants have been used as traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of the common cold, and urinary diseases.” The young leaves are also used as a food source (Moerman, 2009). Current research on Wild Golden Glow focuses on its potential antifungal properties and as a source for antioxidants (Lawson et al., 2020; Lee, Cho, Han, Choi, & Lee, 2012; Lee, Shin, Choi, & Lee, 2014). 

Latest Research


Lawson, S. K., Sharp, L. G., Powers, C. N., McFeeters, R. L., Satyal, P., & Setzer, W. N. (2020). Volatile Compositions and Antifungal Activities of Native American Medicinal Plants: Focus on the Asteraceae. Plants (Basel), 9(1). doi:10.3390/plants9010126 

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. (2019). Native Plant Database: Rudbeckia laciniata.

Lee, S. Y., Cho, H. K., Han, J. Y., Choi, S. U., & Lee, K. R. (2012). Three new lignans from Rudbeckia laciniata. Planta Medica, 78(11). doi:10.1055/s-0032-1321282 

Lee, S. Y., Shin, Y. J., Choi, S. U., & Lee, K. R. (2014). A new flavonol glycoside from the aerial part of Rudbeckia laciniata. Arch Pharm Res, 37(7), 834-838. doi:10.1007/s12272-013-0199-y 

Moerman, D. E. (2009). Native American medicinal plants : an ethnobotanical dictionary.