Rudbeckia, Black-Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy 'Autumn Colors'

Rudbeckia hirta

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rudbeckia (rud-BEK-ee-a) (Info)
Species: hirta (HER-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Autumn Colors
Hybridized by Benary
Registered or introduced: 2000





Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

Scarlet (dark red)



Gold (yellow-orange)

Bright Yellow


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

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:

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

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Halifax, Massachusetts

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

Leland, 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

Bryan, Texas

Oakhurst, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Camano Island, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Menasha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.


On Dec 6, 2005, bigcityal from Appleton, 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.