Rudbeckia triloba (also called Brown-eyed Susan)
Clump forming biennial. Profuse golden-yellow daisy-like flower on dark, wiry, lax stems. Combines well with other herbaceous plants and the shorter ornamental grasses. Good for mixed and prairie-style planting. Gives good colour late in the season when many herbaceous plants have already finished flowering. The flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and hoverflies.
Flowers in summer and autumn.
Lax habit. H: 60cm. S: 45cm.
Stems – round, slender, almost wire-like, dark brown, hairy.
Leaves – alternate, rich green, lanceolate, toothed.
Flowers – golden yellow, daisy-like with raised dark brown centres. Petals are a rounded oblong shape.
Full sun or partial shade.
Well drained. Good drought resistance.
Lift and divide congested clumps in autumn or spring. If not supported by other plants use ring stakes or brushwood supports before flowering.
Generally disease free but the young growth may be affected by slugs.
Divide in spring or autumn.
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