Common name: Wrinkleleaf goldenrod
Botanical name: Solidago rugosa
Virtues: Attracts pollinators. Long bloom time. Blooms in latter half of summer, into autumn.
Flowers: Numerous small bright yellow flowers are held in tight clusters on upright stems.
Habit: Upright herbaceous perennial, 1 to 6 feet tall, unbranched or sparingly branched.
Season: Summer and autumn.
Origin: Low woods, meadows and bogs of the eastern half of North America.
Cultivation: Grow in full sun to light shade. Prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Spreads by rhizomes (underground stems). USDA Zones 3–9. The cultivar ‘Fireworks’ (Zones 4–8) has a more compact habit than the species, and it offers a spectacular floral show.
Two mail-order sources for ‘Fireworks’ wrinkleleaf goldenrod are Niche Gardens and Plant Delights Nursery.
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