General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 24 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2007 Great Plant Picks Award Winner

Common names
  • Rough Goldenrod
  • Goldenrod
  • Rough-Stemmed Goldenrod

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Location: My Garden
Date: 2018-09-24
Location: My Yard
Date: 2018-09-26

Date: 2020-10-10
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2012-09-04
Solidago rugosa Fireworks, Goldenrod
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-09-19
Location: Lincoln NE zone 5
Date: 2015-09-21
Location: Lincoln NE zone 5
Date: 2015-09-21
This plant makes a big statement late in Sept.
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-10-20
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-09-19
clump in bloom at fence
Location: Hamilton Square Perennial Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2014-08-29
This goldenrod cultivars name is spot on.

Date: 2014-09-27
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2017-09-22
close-up with yellow blooms
Location: Lincoln NE zone 5
Date: 2014-09-27
Blooms the same time as fall mums in zone 5.

Date: 9/2012

Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
  • Uploaded by vic
Photo by SongofJoy
Location: Lincoln NE zone 5
Date: 2015-08-12
Striking even before it blooms.
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 6/14/2011
'Fireworks' Goldenrod
Location: Northeast Ohio
Date: 2018-04-07
Early spring growth

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2014-09-19

Date: 2012-09-21
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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 23, 2018 11:16 AM concerning plant:
    I was given a division from my biggest customer about 2009 from her small spreading colony among other plants. I planted it in the far backyard along the wooden fence in full sun. It grew quickly and became an excellent fountain-like clump by the next summer. In time it does keep spreading by rhizomes to become a small colony, but it is not aggressively so, and it is easy to dig any extra out or divide and reset. It is a very nice, easy, reliable perennial that does attract lots of various bee species and some other pollinators. It is sold by some conventional nurseries with a perennial section and I find it occasionally in landscapes and gardens around.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 1, 2014 8:21 PM concerning plant:
    Solidago is considered a key nectar source for Monarch Butterflies. Solidago rugosa is a Monarch Way Station plant.

    According to NPIN, Solidago rugosa has special value to native and honey bees.
  • Posted by NHJenDion (Southern NH - Zone 5b) on May 6, 2016 9:40 AM concerning plant:
    Very showy - nothing like the "wild" goldenrod. Forms a large clump and will spread into other plants if allowed, but pulls up easily enough.
  • Posted by NHJenDion (Southern NH - Zone 5b) on May 27, 2013 6:16 AM concerning plant:
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Purchased from North Georgia Native Plant Nursery.
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