Solidago, Rough-stemmed Goldenrod 'Fireworks'

Solidago rugosa

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Waynesboro, Tennessee

Claude, Texas

Blacksburg, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 16, 2015, Pistil from Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Here in Seattle it is just too happy, Much taller than listed, I can keep it at about 5 feet tall by doing a "Chelsea Chop", otherwise it is even taller!
I must say it looks great though. However, it is spreading very rapidly, now each plant is about 5 feet across at the base, in just it's third year...


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

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


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.


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.


On Aug 5, 2011, NCMstGardener from Columbus, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

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


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.


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.


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!


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....


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.