Highlands Biological Station is open to visitors. Masks are still required in the Nature Center, but are no longer required on campus, including the Botanical Garden. Highlands Biological Station is offering academic and public programming this summer. For the safety of the HBS summer community, before being permitted to work or study at HBS prospective summer students, teaching faculty, and researchers must provide documentation of (1) having received a Covid-19 vaccine or (2) a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of planned arrival.

Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’

“Rough Goldenrod”


Solidago rugosa, commonly known as “Rough goldenrod” is a bright yellow flowering herbaceous perennial that dots gardens, fields, landscapes, and roadsides throughout the Eastern US. ‘Fireworks’ is a popular cultivar, introduced in the early 2000’s by plantsmen Ken Moore, and is an alternative the straight species. Its distinctive feature being the blooms, rather than the typical compact blooms of S. rugosa ‘Fireworks’ has elongated plumes which, when in flower, mirror that of shooting fireworks, showering the landscape with yellow.

Cultivar or not, this species can be aggressive at times in the landscape and should be monitored as seeding is common. This plant however is attractive to pollinators due to its bright yellow blooms, bees in particular.