Named by Linnaeus in honor of his teacher Olaf Rudbeck, this North American genus includes 25 to 30 species, many of them famous summer and late season bloomers. These easily grown selections promise to brighten borders and naturalized meadows plus make dandy additions to bouquets. Offering late fall and winter interest, they combine well with Asters, Eupatoriums and grasses.
You probably know ‘Swiss Gold’ as Black-Eyed Susan, those robust, bright orange-yellow American daisies with the dark centers. As charming in seed as it is in flower, its abundant chocolate-brown seed heads last until Thanksgiving. Strong stems bear flowers almost 3 ft. high without staking; foliage is dark green and hirsute.
Set a meadow ablaze with a large drift. Effective with Eupatorium ‘Gateway’, Aster ‘Coombe Fishacre’ and Deschampsia ‘Goldgehänge’ for texture.
Size: 2-1/2' high x 0" & spreading wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Rudbeckia ‘American Gold Rush’
- Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii
- Rudbeckia fulgida speciosa (Newmanii)
- Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa ‘Viettes Little Suzy’
- Rudbeckia grandiflora ‘Sundance’
- Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Goldquelle’
- Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Green Wizard’
- Rudbeckia paniculata
- Rudbeckia subtomentosa
- Rudbeckia triloba ‘Prairie Glow’