A true garden classic, perennial plant with dramatic 1- to 2-inch, sunny,
blooms encasing a chocolate brown/black cone center, Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' (or Black Eyed Susan as she is commonly called) promises to deliver height, depth and contrast to any landscape.
She is outstanding in mass plantings, as a
or as groundcover sure to
choke out most weeds
Tolerant of heat,
perennials do not come any easier or more hardy and striking.
It's practically a gardening crime not to include this stately beauty amongst your perennials.
Sometimes misspelled as 'Goldstrum', the leaves are coarse, dark-green,
, and 3-6 inches long;
its stem leaves are smaller, almost
From mid-July to October, the "gold storm" can blanket the tops of 18- to 30-inch tall plants.
'Goldsturm' works exceptionally well in both residential and commercial landscapes, because of its durability and dramatic visual impact.
makes an excellent cut flower, and adapts to a wide variety of soil conditions.
Once established, it spreads rapidly.
is recommended to prolong the blooming season; this is one of the
plants whose seeds drive birds crazy
In the winter, its black stems and seed-heads add contrast and texture to the muted tans of other ornamental grasses.
Though tolerant of poor soils and mild droughts, it grows best in well-drained, consistently moist soil.
Hover over or click the butterfly thumbnails below for photographs of butterflies on this plant.
This plant is available for
25% off in our Butterfly Mix