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Rudbeckia fulgida

Native Plants

Common Eastern Coneflower

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Common eastern coneflower, sometimes known as black-eyed Susan is one of our best known wildflowers, delighting us with long lasting, boldly colored blooms year after year. In mid-summer the first golden yellow to tangerine daisy-like blossoms emerge, continuing for many weeks to attract a wide array of insects. Stiff stems 2-3’ in height eliminate the need for staking; even so, occasional deadheading will lengthen the flowering period. Dark cones left by the spent flowers add winter interest and provide seed for birds. Rudbeckia fulgida prefers full sun and moist well-drained soil. Plant in the border or meadow with other garden favorites including Liatris spicata, Echinacea purpurea, Symphyotrichum laevis, and Schizachyrium scoparium.

More Details

  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry 
  • Flowering Period
    early-fall, late-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
    orange-salmon, yellow 
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color