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Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’ (Black-eyed Susan, Gloriosa daisy)

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’ Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’ rud-BEK-ee-ah HER-tah Common Name: Black-eyed Susan, Gloriosa daisy Synonyms: R. gloriosa Genus: Rudbeckia
'Indian Summer' is a standout among a sea of Black-eyed Susans because of its extra-large, golden yellow flowerheads. It will bloom from early summer until first frost. Use it in borders, cottage gardens, meadows, or for naturalizing. Butterflies are drawn to it. The species is native to the central U.S.
Noteworthy characteristics: Long bloom time. Large flowerheads to 9 inches wide. May be short-lived; often grown as an annual.   
Care: Grow in full sun and well-drained soil that is consistently moist. Deadhead regularly.
Propagation: Start seeds indoors in spring or direct sow in the garden after the frost-free date. May be short-lived, but plants will self-sow.
Problems: Fairly trouble-free, but watch for aphids, powdery mildew, smut, and leaf spots. Also, slugs and snails may eat young plants. May be invasive.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Attracts Butterflies; Native; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Fall; Early Summer; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Naturalizing, Suitable as Annual
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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