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Goldenrod ‘Fireworks’

Text and photo by Ellen Nibali

Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’

True to its name, ‘Fireworks’ seems to explode sprays of bright yellow flowers over a long period in autumn. At 3-4 feet in height, it stays more compact and flowers more heavily than the wild species, but its airy growth habit really distinguishes it from common goldenrod. Sometimes mistaken for ragweed and blamed for allergies, actually this native perennial is highly beneficial. It provides nectar for bees and migrating butterflies in fall. In winter, the seeds feed juncos, finches and other birds. Deer shun it. Give it plenty of sun. It likes moisture but puts up with droughty periods.    


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