Rudbeckia Prairie Sun

Annual Black Eyed Susan Flower

Rudbeckia Prairie Sun is a member of the Rudbeckia hirta clan which are annual Black Eyed Susan flowers. (Rudbeckia fulgida encompasses the perennial types.)

Rudbeckia Prairie Sun picture.

The 4-5 inch diameter daisy flowers of 'Prairie Sun' are unique among Rudbeckia flowers. They feature a pale green center button whereas the center of most other varieties is dark brown.

The flower petals are an intense gold at the base with light yellow tips. This gives the single flowers the impression of having a gold eye.

These striking blooms occur atop 3 foot stems making them perfect flowers for a cutting garden.

The foliage is coarse, bright green and occurs in basal clumps. The leaves become smaller and more sparse as they climb the tall stems.

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Rudbeckia 'Prairie Sun' flowers and buds.

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Rudbeckia hirta 'Prairie Sun' needs full sun to flower most prolifically. Set plants a foot apart in moist, well drained soil. Adding organic matter to the soil before planting will improve the plant's performance.

This variety may be a short-lived perennial in zones 3-8 but most gardeners who grow it feel that it performs best as an annual. Plants will often return by self-sowing.

Rudbeckia Prairie Sun bedded out with purple and orange flowers.

It will bloom in the fall from seed planted in the spring. Buying nursery transplants is a way to get earlier blooms.

'Prairie Sun' can fall victim to powdery mildew if it is crowded so watch the spacing and provide good air circulation.

Other Types of Coneflowers:

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Prairie Coneflower: Ratibida pinnata

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'Sundown' Coneflower: Blooms the Color of a Caribbean Sunset

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