Native Plant of the Week: White Goldenrod

Updated: Jul 23

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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References:

1. http://www.newmoonnursery.com/plant/Solidago-bicolor

2. https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SOBI

3. https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/solidago-bicolor/





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