Bushy and reliable, Rudbeckia hirta 'Marmalade' is a short-lived perennial, usually grown as an annual, boasting large and long-lasting, daisylike flowers, up to 5 in. wide (12 cm) - one of the largest blooms among Rudbeckia. The blossoms are adorned with bright, golden-orange rays surrounding a dark chocolate center disk. Enjoying a fairly extended blooming season, from early summer to early fall, this Black-Eyed Susan puts on a spectacular show in the garden when other plants are starting to fade. It will bloom the first year from seed and will usually remain in the garden through self-seeding.
- Grows in upright clumps up to 18-24 in. tall and wide (45-60cm). May survive up to a few seasons but will 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.