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Rudbeckia hirta 'Sonora' (Black-Eyed Susan)

Gloriosa Daisy 'Sonora', Black-eyed Susan 'Sonora',Yellow Ox-Eye Daisy 'Sonora', Brown-Eyed Susan 'Sonora', Brown Betty 'Sonora', Golden Jerusalem 'Sonora', English Bull's Eye 'Sonora', Yellow Daisy 'Sonora'


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.

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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 Rudbeckias
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts 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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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 Rudbeckias
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts 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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