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Native Plant of the Week: White Goldenrod

Updated: Jul 23, 2022

Family: Asteraceae

Name: Solidago bicolor - White Goldenrod

Bloom Time: July - October

Flower: White

Soil Condition: Dry-Average-Moist,

Well Drained

Light: Sun, Partial Shade

Height: 12-36" tall by 12" wide

Native Range: Eastern United States including Long Island

Zone: 3 to 8

A white goldenrod? Yes, its other common name is silverrod. This late and long blooming plant is fantastic for woodland gardens and attracts a plethora of butterflies and native bees. Birds love to eat the seeds.

Fun Fact: Goldenrod is not responsible for hay fever as it is insect pollinated. The hay fever culprit is our native Ambrosia artemisiifolia - Common Ragweed, which is wind pollinated. There's no excuse to not included Goldenrods in your gardens!

Maintenance: Divide plants every 4-5 years

Benefits: deer and rabbit resistant, drought tolerant, host plant to the wavy lined emerald, nectar source, attracts specialized native bees including mining bees and long-horned bees

Companion Plants: Carex pensylvanica - Oak Sedge, Polystichum acrostichoides - Christmas Fern, Deschampsia flexuosa - Wavy Hair Grass, Allium cernuum - Nodding Onion, Sporobolus heterolepis - Northern Dropseed, Geum fragarioides - Barren Strawberry

pictures: top, NC State University, bottom, New Moon Nursery



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