Tuesday, August 19, 2014

'Autumn Forest' Coneflower: Featured Plant of The Day

Rudbeckia hirta 'Autumn Forest' 
syn. Rudbeckia flava
Black-eyed Susan, Coneflower, Gloriosa Daisy

Type Biennial, perennial

Hardy range 4A to 8A

Height 18" to 36" / 45cm to 90cm

Spread 24" to 30" / 60cm to 75cm

Growth rate Fast

Form Rounded and upright or erect

Exposure Partial shade or partial sun to full sun

Bloom Color Orange, red and yellow

Bloom Time Summer and Fall

This plant tolerates salt well. This plant will grow in dry soil. Suitable soil is well-drained/loamy or sandy. The pH preference is a neutral soil.

Leaf Color Green

The flowers are showy and suitable for cut flowers.

Culture Notes
This plant is a short-lived perennial or biennial and is often grown as an annual. It self-sows easily, and cuttings can be taken in late summer and rooted in the cold frame. This plant prefers a sunny spot, with a well-drained fertile soil. Plants serve as butterfly nectar sources.