Plant Care Goldenseal


About Goldenseal

Hydrastis canadensis, or golden seal, is a perennial herb from a thick rhizome with yellowish cell sap. It has two leaves, near the top of an unbranched stalk, that are 3- to 7-lobed. The flower is solitary with many greenish-yellow stamens and pistils and no petals. The inedible fruit is berry-like and crimson. The plant has been cultivated commercially on a small scale in the mountains as a medicinal plant due to use of the rootstock as a digestive aid, insect repellent and yellow dye.


Hydrastis canadensis

Also known as

goldenseal, orangeroot and yellow puccoon

How to care for Goldenseal


How often to water your Goldenseal

Water needs for Goldenseal
0.5 cups
every 9

Goldenseal needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Goldenseal in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Goldenseal: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Goldenseal may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Goldenseal

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Goldenseal: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Goldenseal after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Goldenseal is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Goldenseal


Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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