PERENNIAL: Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange Coneflower)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

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Although sometimes called Black-eyed Susan, this variable species is distinct from biennial Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta. Abundant blooms appear mid-summer to fall, each composite flower lasting several weeks. Its native habitat is found in scattered pockets in the Mid-Atlantic Region,* including in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties.

*It is native in DC; historical in the DE Piedmont; and scattered in southeastern counties of PA. In VA, it is frequent in the Piedmont but infrequent in the mountains and inner Coastal Plain.

Learn more and check out Mary Free’s wonderful video of pollinators and a predator on the Rudbeckia fulgida in the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden in July and August while annual cicadas sing in the background.

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