Licorice goldenrod is named for the licorice fragrance given off by the leaves when crushed. They grow to a height of 2 to 4 feet and prefer loamy, sandy soil with partial to full shade. The dense spires of golden-yellow flowers provide a burst of late season color in light shade.
All Goldenrods support a host of pollinator and insect activity, and this goldenrod is no exception. The Wavy-Lined Emerald uses Anise Goldenrod as a larval host, as do numerous other smaller moths.