White Goldenrod (Solidago bicolor)

Silverrod (Solidago bicolor)

The White Goldenrod, also known as Silverrod, (Solidago bicolor) is  a perennial forb/herb in the Aster Family (Asteraceae). The genus name is from the Latin for "to heal." All Asters of the genus Solidago are considered Goldenrods. The species name means two-colored. This plant is common on Mount Desert Island.

White Goldenrod can grow to a height of 40 inches (102 centimeters). The stems and leaves of this plant are hairy.

The flowers are in elongated spikes about ten inches (25 centimeters) long at the top of stems.

Silverrod (Solidago bicolor) Detail

The small, Individual flowers consist of seven to fourteen white rays surrounding yellow disk flowers. They bloom from July to October.

Silverrod Flower Detail

The leaves are alternate, elliptical and from one to four inches (2.5 to 10 centimeters) long. The lower leaves are the longest and usually toothed and stalked. The shorter leaves are at the top of the stems and often lack stalks and teeth.

The fruit is a seed with a fluffy pappus (crown or bristle on one end of the seed).

The root system is rhizomic.


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