Hinton Ampner Garden

Rudbeckia laciniata 'Herbstsonne'

Coneflower or Black eyed Susan


The Terrace.


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.