Rudbeckia, Black-Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy 'Cherokee Sunset'

Rudbeckia hirta

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rudbeckia (rud-BEK-ee-a) (Info)
Species: hirta (HER-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Cherokee Sunset
Additional cultivar information:(aka Cherokee Sunset Mix)





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)


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


Unknown - Tell us

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

San Jose, California

Augusta, Georgia

Des Plaines, Illinois

West Milford, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ronkonkoma, New York

Winterville, North Carolina

Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

Harrison Valley, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Coppell, Texas

Houston, Texas

Kalama, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 8, 2009, love0gardening from West Milford, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

Beautful velvety flower. A rich, rust and brownish maroon that is iridecent in the sun. I planted this from seed last year and had about half a dozen plants. Only one came back this year but it is a bigger and better plant than last year.


On Jun 29, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I like this rudbeckia--it shows a great deal of color variation but I'm definitely saving seeds from this particular plant from the pictures I've contributed. A slower bloomer than the 3 other varieties I've planted this year..but that's good as it spreads out the rudbeckia blooming season for me.


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

I loved this plant , didn't overwinter in 5a, didn't reseed. I gave up on my seedlings I planted. Will try again next year.


On Jul 14, 2005, JoniJumpUp from Grand Rapids, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I can't seem to grow this outdoors at 5b so we grow it as a house plant with summer on a bright but shaded patio, but this summer it has come down with spots of powdery mildew. Is there any way to save it? Wash off the leaves every few days?


On Mar 21, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

Rudbeckia 'Cherokee Sunset' self-sows nicely in my garden. The double flowers are unique, and it's easy to grow. I start my seeds indoors 10 weeks before the last frost date.