Large flowers consisting of brassy orange-yellow rays surrounding brown cones are what make this plant so popular. It blooms for 7 or 8 weeks beginning in midsummer. The flowers top 18- to 30-inch-tall plants that will readily self sow in cultivated soils.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsRudbeckias hail from the moist meadows and dappled woods of North America. They are suitable for mixed borders, meadows, native gardens, open woods, and large annual displays.
CareGrow in average, slightly heavy but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.
PropagationSow seeds in a cold frame in early spring, or divide plants in spring or fall.
ProblemsAphids, powdery mildew, smut, rust, Ramularia and Septoria leaf spots, snails, slugs.
- Genus : Rudbeckia
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Characteristics : Attracts Bees, Attracts Pollinators, Cut flower, Deer Resistant, North American Native, Self Seeds, Showy Seed Heads
- Uses : Color, Dry areas, Foundation Plantings, Front Yard, Sun
- Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Bloom Time : Early Fall, Late Summer, Summer
- Growth Rate : Fast
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Foliage Color : Green
- Maintenance : Low
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
- Flower Color : Yellow
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