At 3-4' tall, 'Fireworks' is more compact than most of the species and flowers more heavily. A lacy dome of golden flowers looks like exploding fireworks providing nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies in early fall.
Seeds relished by finches, juncos, sparrows and ruffed grouse
Clump forming so it won't spread like some other species
Migrating butterflies use the nectar to fuel their fall migration
Bees rely on the pollen and nectar to build up winter stores
Good deer resistance, non-allergenic cut flower
Fields, meadows and prairies; Newfoundland to Michigan south to Texas and Florida.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Each year, as the weather cools, some butterflies migrate to warmer climates. Cloudless sulphurs, mourning cloaks, question marks, long tailed skippers and monarchs can be found moving southward by the thousands. These travelers need loads of great nectar plants along the way to fuel their long journey,
Grows best in a sunny, moist, well-drained site. This cultivar tolerates moister soils than many of the other goldenrods. Remove spent flower clusters to encourage additional bloom. Divide every 2-3 years to keep plantings vigorous.