Plant Family / Rudbeckias
The genus Rudbeckia includes over 20 species of annuals, biennials, and perennials, mostly grown for their abundant, bright, golden, daisy flowers with black or purple central cones in summer. Spectacular in mass plantings, these full sun to light shade lovers will bloom their heart out in summer. They are fairly drought tolerant, disease resistant, attract birds and butterflies and make lovely cut flowers. Low maintenance plants, they multiply and naturalize well and are ideally suited to prairie planting, garden beds and borders, wild gardens or cottage gardens.
Incredibly floriferous, Rudbeckia fulgida 'Little Goldstar' is a compact, clump-forming perennial boasting masses of golden-yellow, starburst-shaped flowers, 2-2.5 in. across (5-6 cm), adorned with a dark central cone. Blooming from midsummer through early fall, they are borne on branching, upright stems atop a bushy, short clump of rich green foliage.
Noted for its petite size, Rudbeckia fulgida 'Viette's Little Suzy' is a compact, clump-forming perennial boasting masses of bright yellow flowers adorned with a dark brown center from midsummer through early fall. Free-blooming, this dwarf Rudbeckia is a terrific and prolific performer that is ideal for the front of the border and perfect for containers.
Adding drama in the late season garden, award-winning Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii is a clump-forming, erect perennial boasting masses of rich golden yellow flowers, 3 in. across (7 cm), from late summer through mid fall. Borne on sturdy stems, each charming flower counts up to 12-20 rays that surround a prominent chocolate central cone.
Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa is a clump-forming, erect perennial boasting masses of orange-yellow flowers, 3-4 in. across (7-10 cm), from mid summer through early fall. Borne on sturdy stems, each charming flower counts up to 20 rays that surround a prominent chocolate central cone.
roven to be a workhorse in the garden, award-winning Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' is a highly popular choice. This perennial plant is long-lived and reliably produces masses of rich golden yellow, 3-4 in. flowers (7-10 cm) from midsummer through early fall, no matter what the weather is like.
Highly floriferous, Rudbeckia hirta 'Autumn Colors' is a compact, biennial or short-lived perennial, usually grown as an annual, boasting large, golden flowers flushed with red, rust and bronze, up to 5 in. across (12 cm) - one of the largest blooms among Rudbeckia.
Strong, vigorous, with excellent basal branching, Rudbeckia hirta 'Cappuccino' is a compact biennial boasting large flowers, up to 4 in. wide (10 cm), in warm, festive shades of gold, orange and mahogany. Blooming profusely from early summer to frost, it provides weeks of eye-catching color.
Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherokee Sunset' is a biennial or short-lived perennial, usually grown as an annual, boasting impressive double or semi-double flowers, up to 3-4 in. wide (7-10 cm), in a bright mix of yellow, orange, bronze and mahogany. Blooming profusely from early summer to frost, it provides weeks of eye-catching color.
Noted for its unique color, Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy' is a biennial boasting stunning, bright cherry-red flowers, 3-4 in. across (7-10 cm). The blossoms are adorned with deep crimson rays surrounding a dark chocolate center disk.
Rudbeckia hirta 'Chocolate Orange' is a biennial or short-lived perennial, usually grown as an annual, boasting large chocolate-mahogany flowers, up to 4 in. wide (10 cm), adorned with beautifully contrasting orange tips. Blooming profusely from mid summer to frost, they provide weeks of eye-catching color.
Adding bold, stunning color to the garden, award-winning Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer' (Black-Eyed Susan) is a biennial boasting stunning, extra-large daisy-like flowers, up to 6-9 in. wide (15-22 cm) - one of the largest blooms among Rudbeckia.
Radiating warmth with its golden yellow petals, Rudbeckia hirta 'Maya' is an annual or biennial regarded as a pioneer in compact, double flowered, dwarf Rudbeckia. Held upright atop strong stems, its large, 3.5-4.5 in. (9-12 cm), bright blossoms will reward you with a spectacular display from midsummer to frost.
Compact, with excellent basal branching, Rudbeckia hirta 'Toto' is a dwarf biennial boasting large, bright golden-yellow flowers, 3 in. across (8 cm), adorned with a chocolate brown cone. Blooming profusely from early summer to frost, it provides weeks of eye-catching color.
Rudbeckia hirta, commonly known as Black-Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy or Yellow Oxeye Daisy is a cheerful, widespread prairie plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is renowned for its showy golden, orange or bicolor flowers, adorned with up to 8-20 rays and dark chocolate, dome-shaped cones. Blanketing the landscape with its dazzling bright blossoms for months, it is ridiculously easy to grow and largely trouble free.
If you are looking for golden blooms in mid or late summer, award-winner Rudbeckia laciniata 'Herbstsonne' (aka 'Autumn Sun') will not disappoint you. Very tall, this late flowering Coneflower features large daisy blossoms, 4-5 in. across (10-12 cm), with broad, drooping, bright golden petals surrounding a prominent pale green conical center that turns brown as it matures.