Rudbeckia, Black-Eyed Susan, Orange Coneflower 'Early Bird Gold'

Rudbeckia fulgida

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rudbeckia (rud-BEK-ee-a) (Info)
Species: fulgida (FUL-jih-duh) (Info)
Cultivar: Early Bird Gold
Additional cultivar information:(PP20286)
Hybridized by Dupont
Registered or introduced: 2008



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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)

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



Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:

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


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


Chester, Connecticut

Chicago, Illinois

Concord, North Carolina

Xenia, Ohio

Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

Spring Grove, Pennsylvania

Florence, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 7, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This plant looks just like Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm', with all its virtues as one of the toughest, easiest, most adaptable, and most floriferous of hardy perennials.

But 'Early Bird Gold' also has a much longer season of bloom. It is claimed to be day-length neutral, which accounts for its exceptionally early late-spring bloom beginning in June and continuing nonstop into October.

It was discovered at the Dupont Nursery as a spontaneous sport in a greenhouse full of Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'.


On Jul 1, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

this new 'early bird gold' variety black eyed susan is exact image of a classic old fashioned black eyed susan but has the most beautiful lush large dark deep healthy green leaves an foliage ive ever seen on a black eyed susan. everyone should get this new variety. it is extremely tolerent of the sun and the leaves stay dark green and healthy all summer where as the original old fashioned rudbeckia fulgida leaves are only medium green not as large and get pale limy looking and nitrogen depleted after a summer of watering and intense heat, these do not..beautiful plant and foliage. mike.