'Henry Eilers' sweet coneflower

Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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'Henry Eilers' sweet coneflower (Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers')
rud-BEK-ee-ah sub-toe-men-TOE-sah
Genus:  Rudbeckia

The unique, finely quilled, 2-inch-wide flowers are what make 'Henry Eilers' stand out from the rest of the coneflowers. The petals sit separate from one another, forming a brilliant, golden yellow starburst around a dark brownish purple cone. The blooms grow on strong, upright, 4- to 5-foot-tall stems in late summer, and are produced in such abundance that you can cut some for bouquets and you'll never even notice they are missing from the garden. The stems are covered with a soft, hairy down, while the leaves have a pleasing vanilla-and-anise scent.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Drought tolerant and low maintenance. Good cut flower. Seed heads attract birds. This plant was discovered in Illinois.

Care: 

Plant in full sun to light shade and average loam. Do not overfeed or overwater.

Problems: 

Infrequent.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Foliage,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Late Summer
Flower Color
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers'