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Fireworks Goldenrod (4 of 17)

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

Gardener’s Note: Goldenrod does not cause fall allergies. The true culprit is ragweed, which blooms at the same time with green, unnoticeable flowers.

  • This cultivar also comes true from seed.

  • Compact perennial with arching sprays of golden yellow flowers in late summer and early fall

  • Plant in full sun

  • Plant in organic, but well-drained soil; drought tolerant

  • Remove old foliage after frost

  • Divide in early spring

  • Height: 3-4 feet

  • Width: 2 feet, slowly spreading

Hardy in USDA zones 4-9:

  • Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; may be marginally hardy in this zone unless protected or covered by snow.

  • Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost.

  • Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost.

  • Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun.

  • Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun.

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