CRCCD – White Goldenrod (a.k.a. Silverrod)


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Solidago bicolor (a.k.a. Silverrod)


Soil:  Sandy, Rocky, Clay, Well-drained
Moisture:  Average to Dry
Light:  Full to Part Sun
Plant Height:  2 to 3 feet
Plant Width:  1 to 2 feet
Pests: None
Landscape Value: Great along wooded edges and in dry, open woods and rock gardens.  Good for massing in naturalized areas. 

A pollinator powerhouse and the only white goldenrod in the eastern US.  Long-blooming, upright perennial with a thin, gray to reddish stem topped by an elongated cluster of short-stalked flower heads with creamy white rays surrounding a yellow central disc.  Flowers bloom late summer into fall.  Tolerates salt and drought.  Attracts bees, butterflies, and seed-eating songbirds.  The sap is toxic to mammals so deer and rabbits avoid it.  Makes a great cut flower.

Warning:  The leaves and fruit contain a toxic alkaloid.  Although the toxicity of the fruit can disappear with ripening, it best not to eat them.  Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a person’s age, weight, and physical condition.

2-gallon pot

Photo credits:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (photos by Stephanie Brundage, James L. Reveal)
North Carolina State Extension (photo by Douglas Goldman)