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.
Reminiscent of a bright French parasol, ample golden-yellow petals are elegantly draped around large, pointed, purplish brown central cones, captivating finches, flower arrangers and plant enthusiasts. An exciting Jelitto introduction selected from the drought tolerant species that inhabits the western Mississippi valley, ‘Sundance’ grows tall with hairy, straight steadfast stems in no need of staking. Good-sized and oblong deep green basal leaves anchor the late blooming fiesta described by a multitude of stalks, each topped by a single sunlit flower. Consider massing in a more natural landscape or nestling into the border with Poa cita and Aster ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ for company.
Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Rudbeckia ‘American Gold Rush’
- Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii
- Rudbeckia fulgida speciosa (Newmanii)
- Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Swiss Gold’
- Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa ‘Viettes Little Suzy’
- Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Goldquelle’
- Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Green Wizard’
- Rudbeckia paniculata
- Rudbeckia subtomentosa
- Rudbeckia triloba ‘Prairie Glow’