Updated: Jul 23
Name: Solidago bicolor - White Goldenrod
Bloom Time: July - October
Soil Condition: Dry-Average-Moist,
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