Botanical Name: Rudbeckia fulgida
Height: about 60 cm
Season of bloom: August and September
Growing Conditions: Full sun to part sun. Not fussy.
Wildlife benefits: The faunal associates of this species are probably similar to those of more wide spread Rudbeckia species, including supporting the specialist bee, Andrena rudbeckiae, and the larvae of the Silvery Checkerspot butterfly.
From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: Database of Vascular Plants of Canada (VASCAN) says this species is native to Ontario, based, I believe, on some tiny populations in the south west part of the province. My seed is of garden origin of no particular provenance.
Seed: Germination Code: C(30) – cold, moist stratify for 30 days.
Remarks: This is the ‘Goldsturm’ of garden centres. Long bloom period on a relatively short, perennial Black-eyed Susan.
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