/ Solidago (Goldenrod)
Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'
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Subcategory: Solidago (Goldenrod)
Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' is the absolute best Goldenrod. Developed at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, it is a top-notch garden plant, unlike many of the Goldenrods are still nothing more than invasive weeds. Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' blooms for about six weeks in late summer. It spreads very slowly and thrives on total neglect and blooms beautifully even after a severe drought.
A Truly Zero Maintenance Perennial
'Fireworks' is the perfect name for this goldenrod - from August into October erect stems burst with small, brilliant yellow flowers, closely resembling a fireworks display. 'Fireworks' sturdy stems and compact growth habit make it look more like a shrub then a perennial. In the spring, small bronze-colored leaves will appear, turning to a dark green in the summer. Many people often incorrectly associate goldenrod with hay fever problems, as it can usually be found growing along side of the actual culprit, Ragweed.
Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' Planting and Care
'Fireworks' is very durable and easy to grow. It is a slowly spreading clump former reaching 3-4 feet high. Hardy in Zones 4-9, 'Fireworks' prefers a location with full sun, but some shade is tolerated. Your fall garden will be gorgeous with the addition of 'Fireworks', especially when planted with Sedum Autumn Joy, Ornamental Grasses, blue and purple perennial Asters, Colchicum or Beautyberry shrub. In fact, a spectacular fall combination would be a Panicum grass, Solidago 'Fireworks', Aster Purple Pixie and Colchicum the Giant - all interplanted and underplanted with daffodils and crocus tomasinianus for spring color.
- For best results, plant in the fall or spring.
- Water occasionally until established.
- Prefers an area with full sun.
- For mass display, plant 18" apart.
- Fertilize lightly with Flower-Tone in early spring.
- Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9
Sun Shade Preferences: Full Sun