Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for White Goldenrod - Solidago bicolor   L.
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DistributionMountains, Piedmont, and northern half of the Coastal Plain. Absent from the Sandhills proper.

N.S. to Man, south to GA and LA.
AbundanceFrequent to common in the Mountains and the northern 2/3 of the Piedmont. Fairly common in the northern half of the Coastal Plain. Absent in the Sandhills proper, the southern Coastal Plain, and a few SC border counties in the Piedmont.
HabitatDry to mesic woodlands of various sorts, forest openings, trailsides, along logging roads, roadsides, and clearings, riverine bluffs and rocky slopes. Generally in partial sun/shade.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting August-October.
IdentificationWhite Goldenrod and White Prairie Goldenrod (S. ptarmicoides) are our only goldenrods with white ray florets. White Prairie Goldenrod has linear and untoothed leaves, whereas White Goldenrod has lance-shaped to elliptic and toothed leaves. Much more similar, when not in flower, is Slender Goldenrod (S. erecta), but it has smooth stems (vs. hairy at least basally in S. bicolor). This is a familiar plant to most biologists, and the creamy white to dull white (not bright white) flowering spike is quite distinctive.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)Silverrod
State RankS5
Global RankG5
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