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Rudbeckia hirta 'Irish Eyes'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rudbeckia (rud-BEK-ee-a) (Info)
Species: hirta (HER-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Irish Eyes
Additional cultivar information: (aka Green Eyes)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

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

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral sunkissed On Jan 26, 2011, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've only had luck with these as an annual in Central FL. They also had to be in filtered sunlight. But I sure enjoy their beauty mixed in my flower pots.

Positive Rupeee On Mar 11, 2010, Rupeee from Riverside, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

LOVE THIS PLANT. Blooms year around for me with deadheading. Flowers are large on tall stems. Multiplies nicely. Little care. Loves our dry hot summers.

Positive kqcrna On Oct 15, 2007, kqcrna from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant wintersowed very well for me. Blossoms have been as large as 5 inches in diameter. I think the green eye makes it particularly pretty and unique in the sunny garden.

Positive flowercrazy39 On Sep 3, 2005, flowercrazy39 from Manchester, NH wrote:

So far I like this plant a lot. Hasn't rained hardly at all here in southern New Hampshire so some of my flowers have had a hard time to bloom. But it's growing and I've seen at least two blooms so far and they last a really long time.

Positive lmelling On Oct 14, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I purchased seeds for this plant in 2001, where they listed it as an annual, but the Irish eyes have been coming back each year to delight me. They reseed prodigiously and I find that I end up pulling up or moving many seedlings during the summer, which have strayed into the other plants surrounding them. I suggest that you give these plants plenty of room or plant them as part of a cottage style garden. They will probably need staking midway through the summer as they can grow up to 4' tall!

Halfway through the summer I needed to move a group of these to another location and they took off in their new home without even wilting - of course it's been a cool (70's) and rainy summer here in NY. It is now October14th and a few of the group that I moved are still blooming despite several weeks of cool weather and light frosts. Amazing!

They grow well from seed and are hard to find (at least around here) as plants, so I would suggest just buying seed and sowing them in early spring. After the first year you should have enough to move or share with others.

They have done well in my front garden which has well drained soil and full sun. The new location I moved some to is also in full sun but has soil that is more moist but also well drained. They seem to do equally as well there but haven't been through a winter in that location yet.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Boulder Creek, California
Calistoga, California
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Glen Avon, California
Knights Landing, California
Paradise, California
Petaluma, California
San Leandro, California
Winter Springs, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Woodstock, Georgia
Carol Stream, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Louisville, Kentucky
Haydenville, Massachusetts
Quincy, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Manchester, New Hampshire
Ithaca, New York
Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
Canton, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio (2 reports)
Geneva, Ohio
Salem, Oregon
White City, Oregon
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Lebanon, Tennessee
Webster, Texas
Ogden, Utah
Smithfield, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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