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PlantFiles: Western Coneflower
Rudbeckia occidentalis 'Black Beauty'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rudbeckia (rud-BEK-ee-a) (Info)
Species: occidentalis (ok-sih-den-TAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Beauty
Additional cultivar information: (PP12648)
Hybridized by Oudshoorn; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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No positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Bellisgirl On Mar 7, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Ive had this plant for about four years. Its also sometimes called a Naked Coneflower. It is an unusual plant, but not at all showy. It has done fairly well for me, but not as well as my other Rudbeckias. I moved this plant three times before I found a place for it where it was happy; it seems to like partial sun and moist soil. It also shows up better when planted in front of a white or light colored plant.

Neutral RipKo97 On May 9, 2006, RipKo97 from Toluca, IL wrote:

I had two of black beauties for the past 5 years, but this year neither one made it through the winter. They always did well and required no maintance. They didn't show any signs of stress last summer so I'm not sure what happend as we had a mild winter this year.

Neutral saya On Jul 30, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've sown seeds at 20C indoors...seeds germinated very slowly so I guess it's best to sow the seeds in pots and leave it on a safe place where it has enough time to germinate. Intriging flowers...


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

Toluca, Illinois
Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Spokane, Washington

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