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Rudbeckia hirta 'Autumn Colors'

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

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

29 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
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
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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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
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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9 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MorelCottrill On Jul 31, 2014, MorelCottrill from Dunn, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought one gloriosa daisy about ten years ago and still have its descendants today. The plants grow as annuals or biennials here, but since they always reseed themselves generously, their lack of longevity is not a problem for me. The large, colorful flowers provide a nice variation-on-a-theme when planted with black-eyed susans.

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

This plant wintersows very well. My wintersown ones started blooming around July and, though fading now, are still in bloom in mid October. I am collecting seeds to wintersow again next year.

Positive retiredgal On Aug 7, 2007, retiredgal from Weyburn, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

I love my Gloriosa Daisies. They bloomed in zone 3 from late June to frost. They are blooming when all other plants in my garden have finished.

Positive Anitabryk2 On Jun 23, 2007, Anitabryk2 from Long Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love the color of this Rudbeckia. I did not do well in a spot that got more shade than sun. I reseeded itself, which I love! It also wintersows very well.

Positive bigcityal On Dec 6, 2005, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Decent plant, there are so many of these Rudbeckia that look just a bit different from each other. Flowers lasted a long time.

Positive trois On Apr 26, 2005, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

These plants have been a joy. They have bloomed continuously for the last two years, even last Christmas when covered with snow.

Six of these plants are sprouting their seeds while still in the flower head, and many others are spreading all over the flower beds. They are a very attractive and colorful plant.

Positive saya On Feb 28, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

They give a big splash of colour in your garden and in a vase for a long time. I've deadheaded regulary and cut them down a little by placing lots of them in a vase.

Positive melody On Sep 6, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love the colors in this plant! Best treated as a short lived perennial, as they don't seem to endure for many seasons. They tend to have a powdery mildew problem, so make sure there is good air circulation and the foliage does not stay damp.

That said, the beautiful bronze flowers are just wonderful in a garden where there are too many pinks and purples. A big plus at my house.

Positive cinemike On Aug 7, 2004, cinemike from CREZIERES
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

My experience is different. I grew several of these from seed last year (2003) and they had grown to about four inches by Easter 2004. I planted them in my garden in France and did nothing to them, other than give them an automated watering every two days
for 20 minutes.

When I returned in late July, they were as shown...

It could be that they are best grown as biennials.

Negative ncgardenaddict On Aug 1, 2004, ncgardenaddict from Kannapolis, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is my second year with these. Although I love the color the plant does not generally make it past mid July. I have a variety of other Rudbeckia's and Coneflowers and this one perplexes me. I have grown it both in containers and in the ground and it does not matter where they are. I will not grow it again.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Marion, Arkansas
Citrus Heights, California
Fairfield, California
North Highlands, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Barbara, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Gays, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Benton, Kentucky
Pinconning, Michigan
Hastings, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Paynesville, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Maben, Mississippi
Helena, Montana
Swanzey, New Hampshire
Averill Park, New York
Ronkonkoma, New York
Clyde, North Carolina
Dunn, North Carolina
New Bern, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
New Freedom, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Brazoria, Texas
Oakhurst, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Camano Island, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Menasha, Wisconsin

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