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Rudbeckia laciniata 'Herbstsonne'

Coneflower or Black eyed Susan

Location:

The Terrace.

Description:

One of approximately 20 species of annuals, biennials and perennials from moist meadows and light woodland in North America. 'Herbstsonne' is an upright, rhizomatous, clump-forming perennial with oval, toothed or slightly lobed, prominently veined, glossy, mid-green leaves to 15cm (6in) long. From midsummer to early autumn, branching stems bear daisy-like flowerheads 10-12cm (4-5in) across, with bright yellow ray-florets and high, conical centres of green disc-florets, becoming yellowish brown with age.

Site and Care:

Grow in moderately fertile, preferably heavy but well-drained soil that does not dry out, in full sun or partial shade. Slugs may damage young growth. Propagation is by seed or division in autumn or spring.