Prarie Sun Rudbeckia

January 4, 2010

Rudbeckia hirta flowers are also known as Gloriosa daisies, or Black-Eyed Susans.  This specific variety, Prarie Sun, is an annual where I live, but a biennial in warmer zones.  I start mine from seed, but have seen them offered as starts in nurseries in recent years.  Letting them reseed in the garden is an option also, but note that if you have more than one type of Rudbeckia hirta planted, the seedlings can be a cross.  Easy to grow and low maintenance, the presence of this flower in any bouquet spreads cheer and happiness.

The green center is quite different from other Rudbeckias, and lends it to be a bit more versatile for various styles of arrangements.  The size of the flower varies, but are typically 4 – 6 inches across.

Growing information:

Height – 2 1/2 to 3 feet

Light requirements:  grow in full sun

Bloom time – mid summer through fall

Hardiness –  biennial in zones 5 – 8

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4 Responses to “Prarie Sun Rudbeckia”

  1. Carrie Says:

    The photos of your flowers are beautiful. I learn so much from your blog and am thankful that you share your knowledge! Can I ask where you order most of your seeds from?

  2. Teresa Says:

    How lovely – and just what is needed on a brutally cold morning! A reminder that it will warm again….someday!


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