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Rudbeckia hirta ‘Sonora’ (Black-Eyed Susan)

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Rudbeckia hirta ‘Sonora’ is a compact short-lived perennial, usually grown as an annual, boasting very large, golden flowers, 5-6 in. across (12-15 cm), adorned with a large mahogany ring and a dark chocolate cone. Blooming profusely from early summer to frost, it provides weeks of eye-catching color and makes a guaranteed garden attraction. The delightful blossoms rise atop sturdy, upright stems above the foliage clump of fresh green leaves. It is a great addition to borders or containers and makes excellent cut flowers. Its seed heads have good winter interest unless they are used in dried arrangements.

  • Grows in upright clumps up to 18-24 in. tall and wide (45-60 cm). 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.
  • Rudbeckia hirta is native to Eastern and Central North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 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 Compositae
Genus Rudbeckia
Common names Black-eyed Susan, Brown Betty, Yellow Daisy
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Goldilocks’ (Black-Eyed Susan)
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Irish Eyes’ (Black-Eyed Susan)
Rudbeckia triloba ‘Blackjack Gold’ (Brown-Eyed Susan)
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘American Gold Rush’ (Black-Eyed Susan)
Rudbeckia maxima (Giant Coneflower)
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Amarillo Gold’ (Black-Eyed Susan)

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Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ (Black-Eyed Susan)
Crocosmia (Montbretia)
Anthemis tinctoria (Golden Marguerite)
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 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 Compositae
Genus Rudbeckia
Common names Black-eyed Susan, Brown Betty, Yellow Daisy
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden
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