Rudbeckia / Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia fulgida ‘City Garden’ – This is essentially a compact growing ‘Goldsturm’, suitable for containers and smaller urban landscapes. It bears the typical bright golden daisies with raised dark brown cones from July through to September. ‘City Garden’ will attract butterflies and the dried seed heads add winter interest. Grows 12-18″ high by 18-24″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Irish Eyes’ – ‘Irish Eyes’ lives up to its name with large single golden-yellow daisy-like blooms with a prominent green central cone. It has long sturdy stems and makes a good cut flower. As with all Gloriosa Daisies, these are short-lived perennials that many treat as annuals, although they will often self-seed. Grows 28-32″ high by 12-18″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Black Beauty’ – The Naked Coneflower is a favourite of butterflies and is a native of the western United States. It bears unusual flowers that are composed of a tall brownish-black central cone ringed with golden flecks, with small green sepals at the base. These make an excellent fresh or dried cut flower. Grows 2-3′ high by 1-2′ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Prairie Sun’ – A truly beautiful Gloriosa Daisy with large golden single blooms (borne from July to October) with each petal generously tipped in lemon yellow, all nicely contrasted by a green central cone. This Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner has coarse green hairy leaves and looks great when paired with Verbena bonariensis. Grows 28-32″ high by 12-16″. Zone 5.

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Chim Chiminee’ – The first Gloriosa Daisy to bear unusual strap-like or quilled petals in mixed autumn colours of bronze, mahogany-red, yellow and gold – including bicolors. They work equally well in beds and containers and make a stunning cut flower for mixed bouquets. Attracts butterflies. Grows 20 to 30″ high by 18″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

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