Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 4 Professionals
Common Name: rough goldenrod
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 2.50 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 2.50 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: September to October
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Rain Garden
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Wet Soil


Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun. This cultivar tolerates moister soils than many of the other goldenrods. Remove spent flower clusters to encourage additional bloom.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This goldenrod cultivar features tiny, bright yellow flowers borne in dense, plume-like panicles on the ends of stiff, alternate-leaved stems typically growing 36-42" tall. Lacy flower panicles purportedly resemble fireworks, hence the cultivar name. Fall bloom period (September-October). Goldenrods have been wrongly accused of causing hay fever which is actually an allergic reaction caused by wind-borne pollen from other plants such as ragweed. Attractive to bees and butterflies. Good cut flower.


Leaf rust is an occasional problem. May need to be divided every 2 to 3 years to control growth.

Garden Uses

Provides good color and contrast for the late summer to early fall perennial border, wild garden, meadow or naturalized area.