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ASolidago Bicolor

ASolidago Bicolor

ASolidago Bicolor

Solidago bicolor, or White Goldenrod, is a herbaceous perennial wildlflower in the Asteraceae family. It flowers from late summer into the fall and displays an elongated spike of short-stalked flower heads with white to yellowish-white rays surrounding a yellow central disk atop a hairy, grayish stem. This is the only species of Solidago with white rays found on the east coast.

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Solidago bicolor L. is widely distributed in eastern North America (Semple & Cook 2006). The species is disguished by having white-rayed heads arranged in a wand shaped inflorescence. It is very similar to S. hispida, which has been included in the species by some authors. The two species can occur together, but I have not seen hybrids between them. The species is only known at the diploid level 2n=18.Solidago bicolor (White Goldenrod) is a herbaceous perennial wildflower boasting an elongated spike of short-stalked flower heads with white to creamy-white rays surrounding a yellow central disk. Blooming in midsummer to fall, they attract butterflies, bees, and songbirds eat the seeds. The blossoms are borne atop hairy, grayish stems clad with stalked, shallowly toothed leaves, 2-4 in. long (5-10 cm), covered with a gray down. Easy to grow, low care and trouble free, White Goldenrod is the only species of Solidago with white rays found on the east coast.

Solidago bicolor White Goldenrod, or Silverrod shares few characteristics with others in the Solidago species, namely the height of the flower stalks, the preference for full sun and dry soil, and the special value to native bees. Solidago bicolor is the only goldenrod in this area that has white flowers, and the blossoms climb the stem in a spiral formation, rather than sit atop in an umbrella shape like its yellow cousins. The late-summer, bell-shaped blossoms are attractive to butterflies, bees, and birds love the seeds that result. The sap of the goldenrod is toxic to mammals, so deer and rabbits avoid this plant, making it a highly beneficial one to have in your garden without much care. ALL ONLINE ORDERS WILL BE READY FOR PICK-UP 72 HOURS AFTER PURCHASE. We kindly ask that you pick-up any orders within one week of purchase. See more pick-up info here.Solidago bicolor L. is widely distributed in eastern North America (Semple & Cook 2006). The species is disguished by having white-rayed heads arranged in a wand shaped inflorescence. It is very similar to S. hispida, which has been included in the species by some authors. The two species can occur together, but I have not seen hybrids between them. The species is only known at the diploid level 2n=18. (Source: uwaterloo.ca)

 

 

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