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'Fireworks' Goldenrod

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

'Fireworks' Goldenrod is a native perennial that produces shooting sprays of starry golden flowers in late summer into early fall. The low mats of dark green foliage remain evergreen over the winter months. Hardy in zones 5 through 9.

 

Sprays of golden flowers grace 'Fireworks' Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks') in late summer

 

 

Pot size: 4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep (32 fl. oz)

 

 

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Habit

  • 3 to 4 ft. tall in flower
  • Spreading to 3 to 4 ft. wide in 3 to 4 years
  • How to Grow

  • Well-drained to moist soil
  • Sun to part shade – at least 6 hours of direct sun for best flowering
  • Plants are easy to grow in a wide variety of soils and are drought tolerant once established. Old flowering stems can be cut to the ground level anytime during the winter.

    Wildlife

    The flowers are pollinated by:

  • Butterflies and bees
  • Pollen eating bettles and many other beneficial insects
  • Occasional hummingbirds
  • Reported host plant for 115 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, including:

  • Confused eusarca
  • Camouflaged looper
  • Blackberry looper
  • Goldenrod flower moth
  • Native habitat and range

  • Old fields and at the edge of woodlands
  • Grows throughout most of the southeast U.S
  • Source and origin

    The original plant was rescued near Wilson, North Carolina by staff from North Carolina Botanical Garden in the 1970s. It is now grown and appreciated around the world.

    Comments

    While the straight species of Solidago rugosa is a beautiful plant for the meadow, it often spreads too vigorously and grows too tall in the garden. 'Fireworks' Goldenrod is much better behaved, and just as attractive in the garden.

    Propagation

    To maintain its unique qualities, 'Fireworks' Goldenrod must be either propagated by cuttings taken in spring, or divided in the spring or fall.