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Solidago cutleri 'Goldrush' (Goldenrod, Alpine goldenrod, Cutler's alpine goldenrod)

Solidago cutleri 'Goldrush' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Blooms of Bressingham


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Solidago cutleri 'Goldrush' sol-ih-DAY-go KUT-ler-eye Common Name: Goldenrod, Alpine goldenrod, Cutler's alpine goldenrod Genus: Solidago
'Goldrush' heralds the coming of fall with masses of tiny, yellow flowers for four weeks in August and September. Its compact size—about a foot tall—makes it a great candidate for a rock garden or border edge.
Noteworthy characteristics: Reliable, end-of-season color; compact size.
Care: Grow in lean to moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun; some species prefer shade. Deadhead to prevent prolific self-seeding.
Propagation: Divide in spring or fall.
Problems: Spot anthracnose, powdery mildew, rust, fungal spots.
Height 6 in. to 12 in.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Drought Tolerant;Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Native; Showy Flowers; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Fall; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Naturalizing, Roadside
Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden, Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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