It requires more than a passing glance to recognize this hoary albino as a Golden-rod, when one meets with it for the first time. The flowers are cream-coloured or almost white, and the stalk and foliage have a grayish aspect, due to a fine hairy growth upon their surfaces. The unusual colour of the flowers often fools one who has not yet become acquainted with its one dominant peculiarity. But once distinguished, it need never become confused, since it is the only one of its genus that is not yellow. The rather stout stem is either simple or branched, and grows from six inches to four feet in height, and is often stained with purple. The dark green, featherveined leaves are toothed and stemmed. They are nearly paddle-shaped at the base of the stalk, and graduate to lance-shaped with modified margins toward the top, where they mingle with the flowers. They are more or less hairy. This species is truly a Silver-rod. It is too erect and stiff to be graceful, but its terminal spike is evenly studded all around with the little short clusters of whitish flowers, relieved here and there by a tiny green leaflet, and is unusual if not attractive. From five to fourteen small white ray flowers surround the cream-coloured centre of disc flowers. The Silver-rod prefers dry soils, where it blossoms from August to October. It ranges from New Brunswick to Georgia, and west to Ontario, Minnesota, and Missouri.