Rough Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks') in the Goldenrods Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Shrub
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
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2007 Great Plant Picks Award Winner

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A Drought-Tolerant GardenA Drought-Tolerant Garden
By SongofJoy on February 10, 2012

The year 2011 was a violent weather year in the US, with at least 12 weather-related disasters exceeding a billion dollars in damage. Some say it was Earth's most extreme weather year since 1816. Much of the country suffered from record heat and drought . . . and so did the yards and gardens.

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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-10-20
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Location: Lincoln NE zone 5Date: 2015-09-21
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Location: Lincoln NE zone 5Date: 2015-09-21This plant makes a big statement late in Sept.
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Date: 9/2012
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Location: Lincoln NE zone 5Date: 2014-09-27Blooms the same time as fall mums in zone 5.
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Date: 2014-09-27
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-09-19clump in bloom at fence
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-09-22close-up with yellow blooms
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Location: Middle TennesseeDate: 6/14/2011'Fireworks' Goldenrod
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Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
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Location: Lincoln NE zone 5Date: 2015-08-12Striking even before it blooms.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Northeast OhioDate: 2018-04-07Early spring growth
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Posted by NHJenDion (Southern NH - Zone 5b) on May 27, 2013 6:16 AM

Stunning!

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 1, 2014 8:21 PM

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.

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Posted by NHJenDion (Southern NH - Zone 5b) on May 6, 2016 9:40 AM

Very showy - nothing like the "wild" goldenrod. Forms a large clump and will spread into other plants if allowed, but pulls up easily enough.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 23, 2018 11:16 AM

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.

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