• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 24 to 26 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Bright Waterwise Flowers
    Blooms:
    Late Summer into Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:rud-BEK-ee-a FUL-jih-duh
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24, 28 - 43
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Reaches 24 to 26 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Summer into Fall
    Flower color:Yellow
    Design IdeasWith its long season of bloom, this is a real star of the sunny border. Keep it well within cutting reach for indoor arrangements.
    Companion PlantsBluebeard (Caryopteris); Blanket Flower (Gaillardia); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Coneflower (Echinacea); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This great wildflower of North America is among the famous group of coneflowers that inhabit the prairies. The black eyed Susans are the first to become domesticated garden flowers. The genus was classified by Linnaeus who chose to name it in honor of his mentor and friend Olof Rudbeck, 1660-1740. There are over 30 species native to America and this species is found in moist meadows of Michigan south to Missouri and est Virginia. The species was classified by English botanist William Aiton, 1731-1793. 'Goldstrum' is an old German seed strain that has proven far better under cultivation although it is hotly depated whether there is differences between R. f. var. sullivantii and Goldstrum.

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