Bushy and reliable, Rudbeckia hirta 'Marmalade' features large and long-lasting, daisylike golden-orange flowers, up to 5 in. wide (12 cm), surrounding a dark chocolate eye. Enjoying a fairly extended blooming season, from early summer to early fall, this Black-Eyed Susan is always a guaranteed garden attraction.
- Ridiculously easy to grow and largely trouble free, this compact flowering plant is a great candidate for mixed borders, cutting gardens, containers or as an accent plant when planted in mass.
- Growing in upright clumps up to 18-24 in. tall and wide (45-60cm), this Rudbeckia puts on a spectacular show in the garden when other plants are starting to fade. Makes excellent cut flowers to enjoy indoors too!
- Considered as an annual, biennial or short-lived perennial, Marmalade will bloom the first year from seed and will usually remain in the garden through self-seeding. In mild winter areas or warm sheltered beds, varieties such as 'Marmalade' survive to become perennials with some winter protection.
- Thrives in full sun or partial shade with moderate soil moisture, yet will tolerate dry periods. Drought and salt tolerant!
- Deer, rabbit 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.