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Rudbeckia fulgida

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rudbeckia (rud-BEK-ee-a) (Info)
Species: fulgida (FUL-jih-duh) (Info)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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9 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Feb 8, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This is the mother species that does not spread by underground rhizomes like 'Goldstrum'. It does self sow a lot which can be a blessing or not, depending. It blooms in mid-August into early October in the North.

Positive ben773 On Jan 23, 2009, ben773 from Waukegan, IL wrote:

I like this better than the cultivar "Goldstrum". It is resistant to powdery mildew and the leaves do not turn patchy (black). The habit of the plant is more graceful than "Goldsturm". It needs staking , however. Cat's cradle staking works well.

Positive SW_gardener On Mar 25, 2006, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grow this in hard clay soil in sun/part shade. It grows very well there and I don't find it invasive at all. I grow it with Purple Coneflowers and other perennials. A classic.

Positive rweiler On Jun 14, 2005, rweiler from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

Imagine my surprise when this 2 ft. tall by 2 ft. wide beauty popped up in my tiny driveway bed this March (fullsun/slightly sheltered/southside). It came from a cheap wildflower mix tossed there last spring and had virtually no water to speak of. I'll be curious how it tolerates our hot, dry NM summer and whether it is perennial or annual -but as of today 6/15/05 it has been the joy of my garden.

Positive Howard_C On Sep 26, 2004, Howard_C from St John's, NL wrote:

We grow cv "Goldsturm" which does not have the bad habits referred to by some people above. I suspect some of them are just looking at the English name and not the species, and are probably referring to a different plant. According to Gray's Manual of Botany R. fulgida does not occur in New England, although other species do. Ours have the long narrow petals shown in wannadanc's picture. Gives glowing, golden fall colour.

Positive ZaksGarden On May 6, 2004, ZaksGarden from Winston Salem, NC wrote:

This flower is by far one of my favorites. I purchased two plants at a local nursery, and now 3 years later I have about 12 of them. Makes a great border, it does not spread to quickly but sure enough if you look around where your other ones were last year you will see a few babies sticking up out of the ground. Its very easy to grow, and seems to grow wherever I plant it.

Positive hotlanta On Oct 19, 2003, hotlanta from Lilburn, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This black-eyed susan makes an excellent ground cover for banks. It is not a very fast spreader, but each year the area is a little larger than the previous. The color is beautiful when in full bloom and the flowers last a month or more. I will be trying to propagate by seed, which I have not done before. Time will tell.

Positive Ladyfern On Aug 9, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very attractive plant with large, smooth, dark green leaves. Mine grows 38" tall. Blooms second year from seed. The cultivar 'Goldsturn' produces little seeds that are useless to the birds, so plant other cultivars to benefit the birds.

Neutral miltboyd On Jul 29, 2003, miltboyd from Haverhill, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

A common wild flower in New England. If you bring it into your wild flower garden, and change your mind, it's the "dickens" to get rid of. Self-sown seeds will sprout for years after parents are gone. Great for kids; guaranteed to flower, and lots to pick for vases in the house. But check carefully for critters!

Positive Bricca On Jul 11, 2003, Bricca from Sugar Grove, NC wrote:

We love the way that this brightly colored plant grows and looks on our rocky hillside - very hardy here in our mouintains. Does well with just rain water; very self-sufficient & reliable. Have not had any problem with invasiveness. Makes a great vase bloom; combines well with other perennials. Bloom lasts a LONG time!

Negative lupinelover On May 6, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant grows enormously big within a year, with new crowns appearing all season. Self-seeds to a point considered to be invasive. Plant should be placed no closer than 4' from the nearest neighbor.

Root system is thick and fleshy, making it difficult to dislodge.

Neutral talinum On Sep 3, 2001, talinum from Kearney, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

Unlike Rudbeckia hirta, this species is not susceptible to powdery mildew.

Neutral jody On Nov 6, 2000, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This species of Rudbeckia contains the most common grown 'Goldsturm'. It grows to about 2' tall and has lancelote leaves. The flowers are daisy like, yellow with brown cone centers. Best cultivated in sun to part shade. Can propage by seed or division. Hardy zones 3-9.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Huntsville, Alabama
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Shingletown, California
Keystone Heights, Florida
Cornelia, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Jacksonville, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Bremen, Indiana
Fishers, Indiana
Indianola, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Rockville, Maryland
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Belton, Missouri
Cole Camp, Missouri
Auburn, New Hampshire
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sugar Grove, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Mount Orab, Ohio
Bend, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Watsontown, Pennsylvania
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Hixson, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
Palmer, Texas
Broadway, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Spokane, Washington
Liberty, West Virginia
Rosedale, West Virginia
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

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