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PlantFiles: Rough-stemmed Goldenrod
Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solidago (so-li-DAY-go) (Info)
Species: rugosa (roo-GO-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fireworks

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18 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A nice, lower growing goldenrod. Blooms September to October in my garden.

Neutral XemaSab On Nov 5, 2011, XemaSab from Redding, CA wrote:

It grows fast here and is easily divided in winter. It provides a strong horizontal element when it's about to flower, but the flowers don't last long at all. I suggest tucking it behind something like a Salvia greggii so that you can enjoy it when it's looking good and ignore it the rest of the year.

Positive zenmom On Sep 27, 2011, zenmom from Salem, MA wrote:

This plant is in bloom in my garden right now (Sept). It is mildly invasive for me but easy to pull and all is forgiven when it comes into bloom. This year I've noticed a couple additional plants in the same bed that look more like the "wild" type of goldenrod. They may be seedlings from 'Fireworks' that did not come true, or they may be from seeds brought in by birds. I'll pull those after the bees have enjoyed the nectar.

Neutral NCMstGardener On Aug 5, 2011, NCMstGardener from Columbus, NC wrote:

I like this plant but it is mildly invasive. We grow it in a pot with the bottem cut out.

Neutral lincolnitess On Oct 10, 2009, lincolnitess from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

This one rates a neutral from me because it only looked really good for about a week and then started looking rather weedy. Attracts a lot of bees and other insects, so not good near a walkway.

Positive sailco On Jun 30, 2007, sailco from Grand Haven, MI wrote:

Match this plant with later blooming Buddleia (blue) for a spectacular late summer show. I have found , after several years, that this plant has spread considerably by underground runners. It is worth the spread but is also very easy to pull to control or make new plants for yourself or friends.

Positive montsho On Jun 8, 2007, montsho from Tracy, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Very good name for this cultivar. The flowers literally look like the trail of sparks after fireworks have exploded in the air. This is my second year with this plant and one patch is already close to 5 feet!

Positive PurplePansies On Apr 6, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very nice for late season color.... gangly at the bottom camouflouge with shorter growing "bushier" plants.... Bright yellow "sprays" of color..... Made it through the winter with flying colors....

Positive poppysue On Jan 21, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

I'm not all that fond of goldenrods but this hybrid is a beauty in late summer. The long flower spikes arch gracefully and give it a weeping appearance. I've had my plant for two years and though the clump has grown larger, it hasn't become invasive in anyway.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Redding, California
Sacramento, California
San Anselmo, California
Bear, Delaware
Washington, District Of Columbia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois (2 reports)
Lafayette, Indiana
Mount Airy, Maryland
Salem, Massachusetts
Commerce Township, Michigan
Grand Haven, Michigan
Lincoln, Nebraska
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Columbus, North Carolina
Harrisburg, North Carolina
Winnabow, North Carolina
New Freedom, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Claude, Texas
Blacksburg, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Charleston, West Virginia
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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