Rudbeckia Goldsturm is an outstanding choice for summer colour, and one that will keep giving well into the autumn. Colloquially called Black-eyed-Susans, the daisy-like rudbeckias have a generous number of large single, deep yellow blooms with an orange tint. Up to 12cm across with a prominent brown-purple central cone, held on tall, strong stems, from summer until the first frosts. R. Goldsturm (aka Echinacea Yellow Storm, Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii Goldsturm) has long petals that arch downwards like an achinacea; the flowers are attractive to butterflies.
This rudbeckia is an upright, dense, bushy, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with broadly lance-shaped, irregularly toothed, dark green leaves.
Technically an Echibeckia™, which is the annual rudbeckia crossed with the hardiness of the perennial echinacea. The remarkable result is larger and longer lasting flowers, and a prolonged flowering season.
A good choice for the middle of a border, it is extremely tolerant of most soil types and locations, and can deal with drought once established. Plant in a bold drift with other late summer-flowering perennials, and especially ornamental grasses. The colourful blooms are ideal as a cut flower.
A recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence in the garden.
Pot Size: 2L
Common Names: Coneflower Goldsturm, Hardy Black-eyed Susan
Hardiness: Hardy to –20°C
Height and Spread: 60cm x 45cm
Preferred Soil Type: Moist but well-drained, fertile soil, preferably heavy
Aspect: South, east or west facing, sheltered or exposed
Position: Full sun / partial shade
Flowering Period: August – October
Care: Water regularly. Cut back faded flower stems.