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Rudbeckia Varieties

Rudbeckia Goldsturm

Rudbeckia are a wonderful perennial, easy to care for, drought tolerant once established and adding a colourful display to the garden.

Often referred to a ‘Black eyed Susans' or 'cone flowers' their are a number of varieties well suited to garden use.

Rudbeckia hirta and Rudbeckia fulgida is one of the most widely grown of the species. Rudbeckia fulgida 'goldsturm' (picture right) is a favourite variety, it commences flowering in spring and grows well in full sun to part shade, yellow daisy like flowers with dark cones.

A member of the Asteracaea family these are a plant that is tolerant of hot summers and they do not mind a little humidity. ALthough sold as 'drough tolerant' they do not really thrive in dry soils.

Rudbeckia Varieties

  • Rudbeckia hirta var angustifolia is a lovely variety, again yellow petals and a dark central cone, but the petals are flushed with a burnt orange close to the cone.

  • Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' , this is the well know yellow flowering variety.

  • Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy' is a red flowering cultivar

  • 'R.hirta 'Indian Summer' has some of the largest flowers we have seen.

  • And if you are looking for an extra tough type then try Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii probably the most drought tolerant variety of all.

Propagation

Seeds can sown in a cold frame or indoors about 2 - 3 months before planting out. However as most are cultivars they will not come true from seeds, division is the best method.

Clumps can be divided in early spring

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