- Common Name(s):
- Silver-rod, White goldenrod
Wildlflower in the Asteraceae family. This is the only Solidago with white rays in the East. It tolerates drought and clay soils. In recent times goldenrods have been blamed for hay fever, but its irritating symptoms are actually caused by ragweed (Ambrosia species), whose pollen is airborn when goldenrod is in flower.
Seasons of Interest:
Bloom: Summer-Fall, July-October
Wildilfe Value: Flowers are attractive to butterflies, native bees, honey bees and other pollinators. Songbirds eat the seeds. Members of the genus Solidago support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) asteris, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) braccata, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) canadensis, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticincta, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) nubecula, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) simplex, Perdita (Perdita) octomaculata, Melissodes (Eumelissodes) fumosus, Colletes simulans, and Colletes solidaginis. This plant is deer resistant.
This plant may be confused with: Any other goldenrod speices Solidago spp.
- 1-3 ft.
- Elliptical upper leaves; lower leaves are 2-4 in. long, stalked, shallowly toothed and have a grayish down
- Elongated spikes of white to yellowish white ray flowers surrounding a yellow disk flower on very short branches.
- Dry, often poor soil, road banks, open woods
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2737