Sweet goldenrod leaves have an licorice scent when crushed. Take a nibble and you won't find it very appealing. The Cherokee used it as an abortifacient, antidiarrheal, cold and cough remedy, diaphoretic, febrifuge, sedative, stimulant, and TB treatment. I think I'm glad my doc isn't that creatively singleminded! Sweet goldenrod grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NH(T), NJ, NY, OH(T), OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT(T), and WV. Beal Gardens, MSU, 9/7/14. Aster family, Asteraceae.