Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherokee Sunset' is a biennial or short-lived perennial, usually grown as an annual, boasting impressive double or semi-double flowers, up to 3-4 in. wide (7-10 cm), in a bright mix of yellow, orange, bronze and mahogany. Blooming profusely from early summer to frost, it provides weeks of eye-catching color. The flowers are produced in such quantities that they almost cover the bushy bright green foliage. An outstanding cut flower, its seed heads have good winter interest unless they are used in dried arrangements.
- Recipient of the All-America Selections award in 2002 as well as the Fleuroselect Award
- Grows in upright clumps up to 24-30 in. tall (60-75 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm). May self seed and remain in the garden.
- Thrives in full sun 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.
- Deer resistant, 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.