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Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' (Rough Goldenrod)

Rough Goldenrod 'Fireworks', Rough-Stemmed Goldenrod 'Fireworks', Wrinkle-Leaf Goldenrod 'Fireworks', Rough-Leaf Goldenrod 'Fireworks'


Marking the end of summer with its burst of arching sprays of bright yellow flowers, Solidago 'Rugosa 'Fireworks' is an outstanding cultivar which provides a bold splash of color in the mid to late season garden. Easy to grow, drought tolerant, low care and fairly trouble-free, it brings cheerful fall color and is a great source of nectar for butterflies!

  • Blooming for many weeks from late summer to late fall, this eye-catching beauty enjoys arching flower panicles that resemble fireworks cascading off the plant.
  • Spreads from rhizomes and self-sown seeds to form large clumps up to 30-36 in. tall and wide (75-90 cm). Subject however to less spreading than most, it can be mixed with other perennials without fear of it becoming invasive
  • Thrives in full sun or light shade, in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils. It is not fussy about soils and tolerates clay soils, wet soils or poor soils. However, rich soils should be avoided as the plant may get floppy.
  • Vital ingredient of late summer and fall borders, cottage gardens, prairies or meadows where it adds color and texture. It looks lovely next to Asters, Sedums, Boltonia or Ornamental Grasses. Terrific for seaside gardens too as it tolerates salty winds. Also valued for the excellent quality of its cut flowers.
  • Won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Attractive to birds and butterflies, it is deer resistant!
  • Remove spent flowers to promote additional blooms and decrease self-seedlings.

Solidago, commonly known as Goldenrod, belongs to the Asteraceae family which also includes yarrows, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers. These showy upright perennials with their soft plumes of flowers are ideal companions for late season plants such as Ornamental Grasses, Rudbeckia or Sedums in mixed borders. While often taking the blame for ragweed, Goldenrod is not the cause of hay fever.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Solidago - Goldenrods
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Salt, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Solidago - Goldenrods
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Salt, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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