Characteristics: A cheerful compact perennial with green foliage and masses of large, bright yellow, daisy-like flowers fading to chocolate brown at the centre.
Growth and Spread: Ultimate height of up to 60cm and spread of up to 50cm.
Care and Maintenance: Rudbeckia plants thrive in full sun or partial shade. They prefer moist, well-draining soil and only need pruned to remove dead foliage in autumn or spring.
Period of Interest: Foliage interest in summer and autumn. Flowers from June to October.
Also known as black eyed Susan, Rudbeckia SmileyZ Tiger produces a wonderfully long-lasting display of flowers throughout summer and autumn. The blooms feature bright yellow tips, with the inside of the petals taking on a striking red-brown hue. The nectar-rich flower centres are a rich shade of chocolate brown and are popular with bees and other pollinating insects.
Black eyed Susans are easy to grow and maintain, making them a popular choice. They grow well in beds and borders and are also suitable for container gardening, brightening patios and terraces in decorative pots.
Deadheading spent blooms encourages a second flush of flowers and old foliage should be cut back at the end of the season. Other than that, rudbeckia plants generally look after themselves. Although they do need to be watered during particularly dry spells, especially when grown in pots.
Like all herbaceous perennials, rudbeckias die back below ground level in late autumn, around the time of the first frost. They lie dormant during winter and sprout back to life in spring, when they quickly grow back to their full glory.
Please Note: When purchasing plants, please consider that each live item is unique and may therefore differ from the images shown, which are for illustration purposes only. The plant will be supplied in a growers pot. Depending on season, some plants may be pruned back to encourage growth and deciduous plants may arrive without leaves.
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