Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Early Bird Gold’
Color: Bright yellow
Bloom Time: June to October
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Early Bird Gold’ is a compact Black-eyed Susan that grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall on stiff, upright stems clad with oblong to lanceolate, dark green leaves. Daisy like flowers up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, with bright yellow rays and dome-shaped, dark brown center cones bloom singly atop strong, sometimes-branching stems from mid June to October. This cultivar is reportedly a day-neutral plant (bloom occurs without regard to day length), hence its extended late spring (early bird) to fall bloom time.
USDA hardiness zone 3a to 9b: from −40 °F (−40 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Black Eyed Susan plants are drought resistant, self-seeding and grow in a variety of soils. Growing Black Eyed Susans prefer a neutral soil pH and a full sun to light shade location.
Black Eyed Susan care will often include deadheading the spent blooms of the flower. Deadheading encourages more blooms and a sturdier, more compact plant. It also can stop or slow the spread of the Black Eyed Susan flower, as seeds are contained in the blooms. Seeds may be allowed to dry on the stem for reseeding or collected and dried in other ways for replanting in other areas. Seeds do not necessarily grow to the same height as the parent from which they were collected.
The Black Eyed Susan flower attracts butterflies, bees and other pollinators to the garden. Deer, rabbits and other wildlife may be drawn to Black Eyed Susans, which they consume or use for shelter. When planted in the garden, plant the Black Eyed Susan flower near Lavender, Rosemary or other repellent plants to keep wildlife at bay… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Black Eyed Susan
It was discovered growing in a field of Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ at Dupont Nursery in Louisiana.
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