Rudbeckia goldstrum has large, golden-yellow, daisy-like flowers up to 12cm (5in) across with cone-shaped, blackish-brown centres from August to October. This award-winning black-eyed Susan looks great planted in bold drifts with other late summer-flowering perennials and ornamental grasses. Coping well in a sunny spot, it's ideal for the middle of a border that doesn't dry out over summer.
This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring. Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring. Support with ring stakes or brushwood well before the flowers appear.
- Enjoys full sun
- Moderately fertile, preferably heavy but well-drained soil
- Average rate of growth
- Flowers from August to October
- Fully hardy