Rudbeckia Seeds, Plants, Species and Cultivars
Rudbeckia are also known as ‘Black eyed Susans’ ‘Brown eyed susans’ and cone flowers depending on variety. R. fulgida is a yellow flowering daisy like flower with stunning black centre. Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ( Rudbeckia Goldsturm) is a popular cultivar these two are known as the ‘black eyed susans’ available for sale by mail order.
Rudbeckia triloba is a taller growing species (up to 2m) with different coloration to ‘goldstrum’ the eye is noticeably brown hence the name’ Browneyed Susan’ also know as the thin leaved cone flower as its foliage is finer.
And the name ‘coneflowers’, yes they are closely related to echinacea purpurea or the purple cone flower. Similar growing conditions, lots of mulch and full sun.
Rudbeckia laciniata (picture right) Height flowers 1.5-2m. Herbaceous perennial. Position full sun. Flowers summer. For late summer autumn colour in the garden this hardy rudbeckia is very hard to beat. It is seen here growing on my nature strip and has not had a drop of water all summer. Once the flowering has finished the seed heads are very fine.
Description and photograph courtesy of Gentiana Nursery Olinda Monbulk Rd Olinda VIC.
Rudbeckia californica is known as the Californian coneflower while the fascinating Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Green Wizard’ with its green sepals and large deep red centre that will reach around 1.5m is a most unusual plant. ‘Black Beauty’ which has also has green sepals (no petals) are also worth looking for.
Rudbekia can be grown from seeds, sow seeds in late winter in trays in a greenhouse, or indoors, they will take a month or so to reach a stage where they can be planted out. Buy named cultivars in late winter for planting out in spring, most species flower in late summer.
OTHER GARDEN PLANTS OF INTEREST
- rudbeckia plants for sale
- phlox paniculata
- russell lupins
- dodecatheon (shooting stars)
Rudbekia plants and species are available to buy online from the following participating nurseries
Large variety of Epimediums, Woodland plants and Herbaceous perennials
Mail order or nursery. We do not send to Tasmania or WA
395 Lesters Rd Ascot VIC 3364 - phone (03) 53434303
Specialising in beautiful perennials & bulbs including new releases from Europe & USA. Many hardy, rare & difficult to find ‘drought hardy’ plants, quality vegetable & flower seeds.
PO Box 7040 Leura NSW 2780
Rare woodland plants, Trilliums Epimediums, Arisaemas, plus much more.www.lynnsrareplants.com.au
52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
An online nursery specialising in drought and frost tolerant perennials and fragrant, edible and herbs.
1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 3818
Specialising in growing and selling Rare and Unusual Trees, shrubs Perennials Bulbs and Climbers, a unique nursery with amazing stock.
Olinda-Monbulk Rd Olinda.
PH (03) 97512363