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Rudbeckia missouriensis (Missouri Coneflower)

Missouri Coneflower, Missouri Orange Coneflower, Rudbeckia fulgida var. missouriensis

Rudbeckia missouriensis, Missouri Coneflower, Missouri Orange Coneflower, Rudbeckia fulgida var. missouriensis, late summer perennial, golden flowers, yellow perennial

Rudbeckia missouriensis (Missouri Coneflower) is a long-lived perennial producing masses of glowing orange-yellow flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), from early summer through late fall, no matter what the weather is like. Each flower has many widely spreading ray-like petals surrounding a dark brown cone in the center, providing fantastic warm color in the summer garden. Rich in nectar, they attract a wide variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies. They are borne atop branched stems clad with narrow green leaves. Both leaves and stems are covered with abundant spreading hairs. Missouri Coneflower is one of the less aggressive coneflowers. Plant in perennial borders, native gardens, cut flower gardens, wildflower meadows and prairies.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 1-2 ft. wide (30-60 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Drought and dry soil tolerant.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Easy to grow by dividing clumps or from seed.
  • Native to the southern and central United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Rudbeckia
Common names Coneflower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Illinois, Midwest, Missouri, Southeast, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Southwest, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Goldilocks’ (Black-Eyed Susan)
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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)

Recommended Companion Plants

Silene regia (Royal Catchfly)
Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed)
Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Rudbeckia
Common names Coneflower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Illinois, Midwest, Missouri, Southeast, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Southwest, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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