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Rudbeckia hirta
Rudbeckia hirta

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Zones 1-24, 26, 28-43
Full Sun
Regular Water

Rudbeckia hirta

Gloriosa Daisy, Black-eyed Susan
Asteraceae (Compositae)
Annuals, Perennials


These big, warm-colored daisies are stalwarts of the summer and autumn garden. Descended from wild plants native mainly to the eastern U.S., all are tough and easy to grow. Blossoms have yellow or orange rays and a raised central cone. They make good cut flowers; cutting encourages rebloom late in season. Divide perennials when they become crowded, usually every few years.

Rudbeckia hirta

Biennial or short-lived perennial; often grown as an annual because it often blooms the first summer from seed sown in early spring. Grown as a winter annual in Zones 12 and 13. Grows to 3–4 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft. wide, with an upright, branching habit. Stems and lance-shaped leaves to 4 in. long are rough and hairy. Daisylike, 2–4-in.-wide flowers have orange-yellow rays and a prominent purplish black cone.

‘Cherokee Sunset’. Grows to 2–2 1/2 ft. tall, with large double or semidouble blooms in shades or yellow, orange, bronze and mahagony.

‘Indian Summer’. Produces 6–9-in., single to semidouble, golden yellow flowers on 2–2 1/2-ft.-tall plants.

‘Irish Eyes’. Has 2–3-in., golden yellow flowers with a light green central cone that ages to brown. Also called ‘Green Eyes’.

‘Marmalade’. Grows to 2 ft. tall and wide with large golden yellow blooms in summer.

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