Named by Linnaeus in honor of his teacher Olaf Rudbeck, this North American genus includes 25 to 30 species, many of them famous summer, especially late season, bloomers. These selections are easy to grow, make fine cut flowers, and will brighten any border or naturalized meadow. Offering interest also in the late fall and winter, they combine well with Aster, Eupatorium, and grasses.
Languid petals in lemon yellow shades lazily encircle prominent beehivelike, chartreuse cones during the idle days of summer. With rough surfaces and fuzzy undersides, the broad and deeply clefted green leaves attire sturdy clumping stems in an airy, opposite fashion. This Rudbeckia makes a sunny neighbor for Aster asperulus above our stone wall.
Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii
- Rudbeckia fulgida speciosa (Newmanii)
- Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Swiss Gold’
- Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa ‘Viette's Little Suzy’
- Rudbeckia grandiflora ‘Sundance’
- Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Goldquelle’
- Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Green Wizard’
- Rudbeckia subtomentosa
- Rudbeckia triloba ‘Prairie Glow’