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Rudbeckia 'Giggling SmileyZ' (Black-Eyed Susan)

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Noted for its very long blooming season, Rudbeckia 'Giggling SmileyZ' is the result of a cross between Rudbeckia and Echinacea combining the appearance of Rudbeckia with the hardiness of Echinacea. Vigorous and fast-growing, this compact plant boasts large, double, butter yellow flowers adorned with mahogany brush strokes and dark chocolate cones. Blooming profusely from early summer to frost, they are borne atop strong stems, oblivious to the vagaries of weather, and last for months. A great addition to borders or containers. Makes excellent cut flowers.

  • Grows in upright clumps up to 12-15 in. tall and wide (30-37 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun or partial shade in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Ridiculously easy to grow and largely trouble free, this rudbeckia is a great candidate for mixed borders, cutting gardens, or as an accent plant when planted in mass.
  • The flowers are attractive to pollinating insects, butterflies and birds.
  • Remove and discard spent flowers to encourage extended blooming and prevent unwanted seedlings next season.
  • Easily propagated by seed.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Rudbeckias
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 15" (30cm – 37cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Rudbeckias
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 15" (30cm – 37cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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