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Rudbeckia laciniata (Cutleaf coneflower)
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Rudbeckia laciniata

Cutleaf coneflower

This coneflower is a tall, erect and stately native with yellow ray petals accented by a green center held by coarse, hairy stems. Blooms in August and September. Excellent cut flower and butterfly magnet. R. laciniata can be found blooming in moist meadows, grassy roadsides and flood plains from Quebec to Montana south to Arizona and Florida.

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5-8 Feet


3-4 Feet


18 Inches

Bloom Color

Light Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Cutleaf coneflower Interesting Notes

The nectar and pollen of the flowerheads attract many kinds of insects, including long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, predatory wasps, butterflies, skippers, moths, and various kinds of flies... A bird, the Common Goldfinch, eats the seeds to a limited extent. The foliage of Cutleaf Coneflower may be somewhat poisonous to some mammalian herbivores. - Illinois Wildflowers

Early spring leaves were boiled for greens by Cherokees and other Southeastern peoples. - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Rudbeckia laciniata Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers average, medium to moist soils in part to full sun. Tolerates hot, humid summers, but not drought tolerant. Spreads by rhizomes, so give it room to grow. Outstanding in mass plantings, as a back-of-the-border perennial and in meadow, prairie and cutting gardens.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Moist Sun
Native to North America