The plant has been used medicinally for various ailments, such as to treat wounds and inflammation
Golden rod is ideal as a late source of pollen for bees providing winter stores for several bees. The flowers can last well into the Autumn before any frosts appear. Bumblebees that visit the flowers include Bombus pascuorum, B.. terrestris, B.hortorum, and Solitary bees including mining bees (Lasioglossum species) and cuckoo bees (Nomada species). The flowers are pollinated by Bees and flies.