This genus is popular in gardens because of great hardiness and valuable late-blooming flower display.

All perennial varieties are tough and easy to grow. Rudbeckia attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects in the garden. Most are very tall plants, over 4 feet and carry masses of large golden yellow daisy like flowers with dark brown to black disk florets.

They make great cut flowers! Cutting also encourages re-blooming later in season. Available in dwarf, double-flowered, and a variety of multi and single colored forms. It flowers from late summer until frost. Rudbeckia hirta (and its hybrids) is the only species that is considered annual and not hardy in the Pacific Northwest.

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Early Bird Gold'

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Early Bird Gold'

Yellow, 2-2.5 inches wide flowers with black to brown central cone. Develops flowers in summer. Branching stems; broadly lance-shaped, 5 inch long hairy dark green leaves. Spreads by rhizomes to form a larger clump. Grows 3’ tall and 2’ wide over a few years.

Rudbeckia fulgida “Goldsturm”

3 inch black-eyed yellow flower on 2-2.5 feet stems.

R. hirta

Rudbeckia hirta (Gloriosa Daisy)

Short lived perennial (not hardy in the Pacific Northwest). Flowers in the first summer from seed sown in early spring. Flowers are daisy like, 2-4 inches wide and have orange yellow rays with a prominent purplish black cone. Stems and lance-shaped leaves to 4 inches long are round and hairy. Grows 3-4 feet tall and 1-1.5 feet wide with an upright branching habit.

Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherokee Sunset’

Double and semi-double 3-4 inches flowers in shades of yellow, orange, red, bronze and mahogany; some bicolor. Grow 24 inches high and 12 inches wide.

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Prairie Sun’

Flowers have bright orange petals with lemon yellow tips with central green cone. Usually 36” high by 24” wide.

R. hirta

Rudbeckia hirta 'Toto'

Dwarf 8-10 inches high golden-yellow ray flowers with brown central cone.

Rudbeckia 'Irish Eyes'

Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’

2-3 inches golden yellow flowers with a light green central cone that ages to brown.

Rudbeckia laciniata

Develops 2-3.5 inches wide flowers with drooping yellow rays and a green cone. It has light green, deeply lobed leaves to 4 inches long. Blooming period from summer to fall. Can reach 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

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Rudbeckia nitida “Herbstsonne”

Similar to Rudbeckia laciniata, but shorter reaching only 6 feet tall. Develops single 4-5 inches wide flowers with yellow rays and a bright green cone that ages to yellow. Grows 6’ tall by 2’ wide.

Rudbeckia subtomentosum “Henry Eilers

Charming blooms of unusual gold quilled petals highlighted by chocolate-brown button centers. Good for cut flowers. A narrow upright grower which makes a great specimen for the back of the border.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.


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