Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’


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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

'Fireworks' is an outstanding selection goldenrod with numerous tiny flowers clustered into arching spires of brilliant yellow, bursting forth in late July and continuing until autumn. This cultivar is more compact and floriferous than the species. The flowers of goldenrod are visited by butterflies and bees rely on the pollen and nectar to build up their winter stores. If the faded flowers are left to develop seeds, they will be enjoyed by a variety of wild birds, including finches, juncos and sparrows. The floral sprays can be used in arrangements, fresh or dried. Goldenrods have been proven not to cause hay fever.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: summer & early autumn flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: purple, orange, red

Great Color Partners: dark green, yellow, white

Culture Notes
This goldenrod prefers moist to well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy soil and clay. Plant it in full sun for the best flowering. Once established it only needs occasional watering during dry weather. The seed heads can be attractive in fall. Cut to the ground in late autumn or early winter once the seed heads look weathered.