Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Fireworks Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks')
    Aster Family
    Long, arching sprays of yellow flowers earn this goldenrod its name. Fireworks is a sturdy, clump forming goldenrod that makes a spectacular fall display. As a pollinator plant, goldenrods are always at the top of the list due to their long bloom time, universally accessible flowers, and abundance of both pollen and nectar. This goldenrod is a medium-fast spreader in the garden but can easily be divided every 3-4 years. The dense, arching stems covered in white, fluffy seed heads make for great winter interest and provide habitat and food for different animals. This is a naturally occurring cultivar that was discovered in the Sandhills of North Carolina. One plant can get big enough to make a great specimen plant, but if you have the space, several in a row can be an effective small hedge.
    Blooms: Yellow, 4-6 weeks, Sep-Oct
    Leaves: Dark green, leathery, 3-6”, lanceolate, simple, serrate, evergreen basal rosette
    Height: 3-4’
    Space: 2-3’
    Soil: Average-Moist
    Exposure: Full sun to part shade
    Fauna: High pollinator value--bees, wasps, flies, and beetles, seeds for birds, host plant to numerous insects
    Seeds: Typical aster-like seeds of white fluffs attached to curved stalks, turn golden brown in winter, very attractive
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 4-8
    Native Status: (parent species) NC native, common across the state
    Provenance: North Carolina, asexually propagated