Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan|
Common Name (Alternative): Coneflower
Black Eyed Susans are one of the most popular perennials available today, having earned the prestigious Perennial Plant of the Year Award in 1999.
Plants have a long season of bloom and a sturdy, upright habit. The gold daisy-like flowers have a distinct dark brown central cone and are held on branching stems. Do not deadhead these cones if you want winter interest since the black seed heads remain attractive throughout the winter and the seeds provide a source of food for small birds.
A classic garden combination includes upright Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and Perovskia atriplicifolia. It is an excellent perennial for providing color in late summer and is especially showy in mass plantings.
Origin: Native Cultivar
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
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When should it bloom?:
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Rudbeckias like full sun, but they also will do well in partial shade. Plant them in well-drained, not overly rich soil. Remove spent flowers in order to stimulate continuous bloom. Plants will self-seed. If this is not desired, cut the plants back in fall. Rudbeckias are very easy to divide in the spring. They also make great cut flowers.