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Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' (black-eyed Susan)

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Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'

black-eyed Susan or orange coneflower

A garden classic with bold texture and upright habit. Bright gold petals with a deep brown cone highlight the garden in late summer. Each flower may last up to two weeks! Makes a wonderful and long lasting cut flower. Provides seeds in the winter for birds and nectar for butterflies. Beautiful and versatile, outstanding in mass plantings as well as perennial borders, meadows and prairie gardens.

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Height

2-3 Feet

Spread

18-24 Inches

Spacing

12-18 Inches

Bloom Color

Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-7

black-eyed Susan Interesting Notes

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ is a standard in the industry and no wonder – it is a garden classic with bold texture and upright habit. The bright gold petals with a deep brown cone highlight the garden in late summer with each flower lasting up to two weeks! ‘Goldsturm’ was selected in 1937 for its bright coloring, disease resistance, and compact habit in Germany by Heinrich Hagemann – the name literally translates to ‘gold storm’. Growing up to 30” tall in flower and 24” wide, ‘Goldsturm’ was selected for The Perennial Plant Association's 1999 Perennial Plant of the Year™.


Rudbeckia fulgida grows best in dry to medium soil moisture in rich to average soil organic levels in full sun. Traditionally, this widespread native perennial is found from New Jersey to Indiana to Florida to Texas, preferring open woods, meadows, and pastures to roam. It is a trouble-free plant and the dense basal foliage provides an impenetrable herbaceous layer to suppress weeds. When placed in a good location, black-eyed Susan happily self-sows or spreads by creeping rhizomes. Variety sullivantii can be found in marshes and wet meadows from New York to Arkansas. It is adaptable to a wide variety of soil conditions but is most liked for its ability to tolerate hot, humid summers and some drought. For best display, deadhead flowers to prolong blooming season. This plant is disease and pest resistant.


It’s nearly impossible to find Sullivant’s black-eyed Susan in the trade because ‘Goldsturm’ is such a strong selection. Not only is it beautiful en masse, it makes a wonderful and long lasting cut flower (which is a great way to prolong the bloom by deadheading). The coneflowers provide seeds in the winter for birds and nectar for butterflies in the summer. This plant is striking and versatile, outstanding in mass plantings as well as perennial borders, meadows and prairie gardens.

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Adaptable to a wide variety of soil conditions in full to partial sun. Tolerates hot, humid summers and some drought. Deadhead to prolong blooming season. Disease and pest resistant.

Good Substitutions

black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Little Goldstar'
black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida 'American Gold Rush'
Deam's black-eyed susan Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii
black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Hummingbird-friendly
Hummingbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Summer
Summer

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Dry
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Horticultural Plug
Attributes
Clay Tolerance
Native to North America
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Propagation Type
Seed cultivar