*We no longer grow this item, but feel free to peruse the information.

Prairie Sun Rudbeckia has golden-yellow petals that fade to a lighter yellow at the tips around a green center.  The blooms are about 6 inches across and very showy in the garden.  Expect the show to begin in the early summer and last until frost.  Enjoy indoors or out since these make great cut flowers.  Combine them with the many other types of Rudbeckia out there and you will have a beautiful bouquet!

Rudbeckia are members of the Aster family.  They can be grown as annuals, biennials or perennials. As annuals you can change out the many varieties each year and never tire of this species.  Biennials can live for two years and then die out, but Rudbeckia tend to re-seed which makes them perennials in that the seedlings will replace the original plant if it dies out.

The North American native is a Pioneer Plant usually found in prairies, plains, meadows and such locations.  A Pioneer Plant is a survivor, for example, if a forest burns down, Rudbeckia are usually the first plant to start growing back. They are usually drought resistant once established but can benefit from additional waterings during extreme dry conditions. Soil is not a factor when planting Black-eyed Susan, they can tolerate a wide range of soil types except wet. Make sure that your location drains well so that it’s number one nemesis, powdery mildew, can’t gain a foot-hold. Insects are rarely an issue, however, slugs and snails can destroy seedlings.

Size: #1QT

Spacing: Plant 12″ to 15″ apart.

Height: Grows 26″ to 43″ tall.

How To Grow: Plant in full sun.

Outstanding Features:A Gold Medal winner and All America Selections and Fleuroselect winner. Deadhead to promote blooming. Attracts bees, butterflies and birds. Deer and rabbit resistant.

Tips: Drought and heat tolerant with average water needs.

Uses: Garden Bed, Containers, Landscapes, Cut Flowers

 

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