Photo by Melody
We rolled out several small fixes on January 29. If you encounter any problems, please report them in the designated thread in the DG Site Updates forum.

PlantFiles: Black-eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy, Yellow Ox-eye Daisy
Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rudbeckia (rud-BEK-ee-a) (Info)
Species: hirta (HER-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Indian Summer

9 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

View this plant in a garden


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
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
This plant is resistant to deer

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

Click thumbnail
to view:

By charlenenj
Thumbnail #1 of Rudbeckia hirta by charlenenj

By DaylilySLP
Thumbnail #2 of Rudbeckia hirta by DaylilySLP

By Hindernone
Thumbnail #3 of Rudbeckia hirta by Hindernone

By DaylilySLP
Thumbnail #4 of Rudbeckia hirta by DaylilySLP

By DaylilySLP
Thumbnail #5 of Rudbeckia hirta by DaylilySLP

By DaylilySLP
Thumbnail #6 of Rudbeckia hirta by DaylilySLP

By DaylilySLP
Thumbnail #7 of Rudbeckia hirta by DaylilySLP

There are a total of 32 photos.
Click here to view them all!


7 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive caringgardener On Mar 17, 2012, caringgardener from Youngsville, LA wrote:

I discovered this variety of rudbeckia because I couldn't find Rudbeckia 'Eary Bird Gold'. Poole Brothers in Forest Hill, LA suggested Rudbeckia 'Indian Summer', so I bought 6 of them. I was able to transplant all six this year, and I divided them, which gave me around 40 individual plants. They multiply vertically on the old stems. They bloomed all year last year. I just went back to Forest Hill, LA today and bought 55 more. They have become one of my favorites in the yard and as a cut flower.

Positive fuchsiamama On Jul 11, 2011, fuchsiamama from Republic, MO wrote:

Love this plant! Very impressive statement in the garden!! It is grown in the Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens at Nathanael Greene Park. It definitely self sows as a nice big one is growing in the vegetable garden this year! The pics I took are twins of some of the ones posted here.

Positive Hindernone On Apr 26, 2011, Hindernone from Broadway, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

We planted 8 of these last spring. So far this spring 4 are returning. We loved these blooms so much this past season that we purchased 10 more plants this spring.

Negative gardeningfun On Jun 13, 2010, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought and planted 2 of these in different areas of my yard last summer-2009. Neither one came back this year. We have heavy snows in winter with low temps, and it says they would do well in our zone -5a ( Geneva, Ohio), but they didn't. They completely disappeared. No trace of them having ever been there, but the plant marker.

Positive rscadlock On Jul 25, 2005, rscadlock from Lynnwood, WA wrote:

I purchased 3 of these plants last fall, they kept blooming right through to November. In winter they died back, but in spring they bounced right back. I just love them. The color they add to my garden is amazing. The cut flowers last for a very long time and there seems to be an endless supply to bring indoors. I would recommend this plant to anyone.

Positive Brent_In_NoVa On Jun 24, 2004, Brent_In_NoVa from Sterling, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted three of these plants in my garden last year and love it! The flowers are huge, the foliage is handsome, and the bloom season long. A friend of my neighbor came over to take pictures.

This spring it was slow to come up. I have some other rudbeckia that were 12" tall before my Indian Summer started to show growth. I did not deadhead last year and I ended up with a lot of seedlings this year (that is cool with plants!...gave some away and will move some to another spot in my yard).

Positive judiartist On Jul 17, 2003, judiartist from Phoenixville, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Bought one of these this year for the first time. My plant is now almost 4 feet tall and blooms range from 4 to 5 inches across on long stems -- excellent for cutting! I would recommend this over any other rudbeckia I've tried for anyone wishing to cut flowers. (Other varieties I've tried have small blooms with varying age and quality clustered together -- a challenge for flower arranging at best!)

Positive MartyJo On Jul 6, 2003, MartyJo from Fayette, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

The seed packet listed this as an annual in our area - Zone 4b - but I have had several plants come back 3 or more years. Better yet, it self seeds, so there are always younger plants coming along. Does not seed so prolifically that it becomes a problem.


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

Dothan, Alabama
Marion, Arkansas
Citrus Heights, California
Duarte, California
Largo, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Iowa City, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Abita Springs, Louisiana
Hammond, Louisiana
Youngsville, Louisiana
Parkville, Maryland
West Springfield, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Springfield, Missouri
Bayville, New Jersey
Fanwood, New Jersey
Metuchen, New Jersey
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Himrod, New York
Orchard Park, New York
Somers, New York
Broadway, North Carolina
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Defiance, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Marietta, Ohio
West Chester, Ohio
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Sterling, Virginia
Alderwood Manor, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Olympia, Washington

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America