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‘Henry Eilers’ sweet coneflower

Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers'

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

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

ProblemsInfrequent.

  • Genus : Rudbeckia
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Late Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Self Seeds
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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