Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. November 2011.

Scientific name: Solidago bicolor  L.

Common name(s): silverrod, white goldenrod

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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-only white goldenrod in the Eastern U.S.

-has white ray flowers

-has a yellow coloration due to the stamens and pollen

-leaves are :

  • simple
  • alternate
  • entire
  • increase in size towards the base of the plant

-generally flowers August through October in ME


-disturbed areas

-meadows and fields



-benefits from prescribed burning



Heinrich, B. 1976. Flowering phenologies: Bog, woodland, and disturbed habitats. Ecology. 57(5):890-899.

Go Botany. “Solidago Bicolor L.” Solidago Bicolor (White Goldenrod): Go Botany, 2021,

MSU Extension. “Solidago Bicolor (White Goldenrod).” Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan State University,