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Rudbeckia laciniata 'Hortensia'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rudbeckia (rud-BEK-ee-a) (Info)
Species: laciniata (la-sin-ee-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Hortensia
Additional cultivar information: (aka Golden Glow)

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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8 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive karocu On Aug 25, 2013, karocu from Moncton, NB
Canada wrote:

I've had golden glow growing for a few years now and look forward to its brightness mid summer, but this year there is some sort of pest eating the upper leaves of the plant - leaving a sort of skeletal remain of the leaf. It's not like the slugs that eat huge chunks as the plants are beginning in the spring. I can't seem to find the culprit! Thanks :-)

Neutral izabelleangel On Jun 27, 2013, izabelleangel from Smyrna, TN wrote:

Need help!! I have a plant that I have growing in a pot. It is being watered regularly but I have begun to notice that it looks as if the leaves are dying. Some of them towards the bottom of the plant are turning greyish. Is this normal? The rest of the plant looks great. It's budding and growing. Need advice please. Don't want to lose this plant. Thanks.

Positive hillfarm On Aug 28, 2011, hillfarm from Quesnel, BC (Zone 4a) wrote:

In this area we call this one 'Golden Glow', and an appropriate name it is, too. I am very fond of this plant & have grown it for years, since first receiving it as a "pass-along plant" from an old ranch garden. It is in full bloom right now (late August) and will continue for weeks to come. Flowers are a vibrant golden-yellow, with opening petals tinted green, and as others have mentioned it is an excellent cutflower. My planting is now partly shaded, but it definitely prefers full sun. It is a rather lanky thing, and benefits greatly from staking. Best siting would likely be back of border and against a fence where it could be inconspicuously tied for support. Easily reaches 6 feet tall. It is vigorous and does spread from the roots, but I would not call it invasive; I find it very easy to keep contained. Its companions in my garden are Plume Poppy (Macleaya), Daylily 'Europa' (Hemerocallis fulva), Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro), Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium), and 'Mt Fujiyama' tall perennial Phlox - all blooming at the same time and making a lovely late summer grouping. A common name I have heard, other than 'Golden Glow', is 'Outhouse Plant', because it was often planted near that necessary little building to screen it from view! I would like to add that this plant is extremely winter hardy - I would say at least to Zone 3 or even less, as I have seen it in old gardens up on the Chilcotin Plateau where winter temperatures routinely drop well below the minus 30s Celsius, albeit with generally good snow cover.

Negative MmeW On Mar 10, 2011, MmeW wrote:

It's true that this Rudbeckia can be very easy to grow, low-maintenance and beautiful, but I find it extremely invasive in my garden. Within a few years after I took over the garden (the previous owner planted them), these plants have spread everywhere through underground runners and obscured the other perennials around them. I had to spend hours to dig them out. If anyone wants them, I have plenty more to give away!

Positive kobwebz On Jul 27, 2010, kobwebz from columbia, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very sturdy, beautiful big flowers, love this plant.

Positive StuTol On Mar 22, 2010, StuTol from Moscow, ID wrote:

My mother has had Golden glow all of my life, and I believe that she got it from my grandmothers. She lives in Massachusetts, and I have brought some to Moscow, Idaho, where it is doing well. I recently moved and have brought a cutting to my new house, and left some at the old house. Very hardy, vigouous plant with beautiful flowers.

Positive magicfrizbees On May 24, 2009, magicfrizbees from Lewis Center, OH wrote:

Grown by the grandparents (they called them Golden Glows). Mildew can be a problem, and they can get leggy and need support. But a consistent bloomer over the years.

Positive scarletblooms On Jun 11, 2008, scarletblooms from Carbondale, KS wrote:

Many years ago I would see this plant growing along fences in Colby, KS and fell in love with the beautiful yellow blossoms. My aunt told me they were called "Golden Glow" and gave me starts from her yard. Golden Glow is a very old "heirloom" plant, that apparently grew out of favor for many years. I plant it wherever I happen to be living and have given starts to friends. When I lived in Northwest Kansas, I did have to tie the plants to the fence because it was always windy, but I live in Northeast Kansas now and have not had to do any tying. A nursery owner told me once that people only plant "Golden Glow" in their yards when they want to hide something. I told her I grow "Golden Glow" because I think it is beautiful and I love the flowers. The flowers last well as cut flowers, too!

Positive NellieLemon On Apr 19, 2006, NellieLemon from Kirksville, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Very tall, very pretty, very hardy, prolific without being aggressive. Very easy to transplant and seems to grow equally well in sun or part shade. Only problem I have, since I live in a very windy area, is that they sometimes need tying up.

Positive Todd_Boland On Feb 19, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

A very tall perennial (6-8 feet) for the back of a sunny border. It blooms throughout September in Newfoundland. Full sun and well-drained soil are ideal. It can be used as a good cut-flower.


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

Cartersville, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Garden Valley, Idaho
Reubens, Idaho
Galva, Illinois
Spencer, Indiana
Carbondale, Kansas
London, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Milo, Maine
Skowhegan, Maine
Wakefield, Massachusetts
Highland, Michigan
Mathiston, Mississippi
Kirksville, Missouri
Suncook, New Hampshire
Beaver Dams, New York
Gansevoort, New York
Wallkill, New York
Lewis Center, Ohio
Utica, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Athens, Pennsylvania
Tionesta, Pennsylvania (2 reports)
Porterfield, Wisconsin
Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Cody, Wyoming

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