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Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida (black-eyed Susan)
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Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida

black-eyed Susan or orange coneflower

Shiny, deep green foliage. Smaller and finer than Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' with 10 weeks of flowers from July into October. Six weeks after 'Goldsturm' is brown, this plant is at its peak! Excellent cut flower. Provides late summer nectar for butterflies and seeds in the winter for birds. Beautiful and versatile!

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Height

24-30 Inches

Spread

1-2 Feet

Spacing

12-18 Inches

Bloom Color

Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-7

black-eyed Susan Interesting Notes

Black-eyed Susans need little introduction, for whether lining the roadside or the garden path, they are some of our most cherished and recognizable wildflowers. They offer an award-winning combination of bold, eye-catching flowers and an easy disposition that has made the genus popular here and abroad. These are true meadow and prairie plants that are perfectly at ease with ornamental grasses, blazing stars, and coneflowers, among others, and they have helped to popularize a new trend in gardening based on a prairie aesthetic, characterized by bold sweeps of grasses intermixed with colorful drifts of late-blooming perennials. They are good nectar plants visited by a host of butterflies and other insects, and when in bloom look as if draped in a quilt of chocolate and gold. - From The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wild Flowers by William Cullina

Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun and well-drained, average to dry soil moisture. Drought tolerant once established.

Good Substitutions

black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida 'American Gold Rush'
black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Little Goldstar'
black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida
black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida

Key Characteristics & Attributes

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

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Well-Drained
Dry
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Horticultural Plug
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Late Summer
Green Infrastructure
Meadow/Prairie
Attributes
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Seed cultivar