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Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

Goldenrod

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At 3-4' tall, 'Fireworks' is more compact than most of the species and flowers more heavily. A lacy dome of golden flowers looks like exploding fireworks providing nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies in early fall.

Benefits

  • Seeds relished by finches, juncos, sparrows and ruffed grouse
  • Clump forming so it won't spread like some other species
  • Migrating butterflies use the nectar to fuel their fall migration
  • Bees rely on the pollen and nectar to build up winter stores
  • Good deer resistance, non-allergenic cut flower

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in a sunny, moist, well-drained site. This cultivar tolerates moister soils than many of the other goldenrods. Remove spent flower clusters to encourage additional bloom. Divide every 2-3 years to keep plantings vigorous.


Height
36 Inches

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Spread
24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Native Range

Fields, meadows and prairies; Newfoundland to Michigan south to Texas and Florida.

Native Trivia

Each year, as the weather cools, some butterflies migrate to warmer climates. Cloudless sulphurs, mourning cloaks, question marks, long tailed skippers and monarchs can be found moving southward by the thousands. These travelers need loads of great nectar plants along the way to fuel their long journey,

Good Companions
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae), Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii), Aromatic aster (Aster oblongifolius)

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Deer Resistant
Wet Sun
Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Coastal
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Border
Cut or dried flower
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
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