Gloriosa Daisy, Black-Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’
2012 All-America Selections Award
Fleuroselect Award Winner
Rudbeckia hirta L. is the accepted scientific name for this species of Rudbeckia. Both the genus and species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
As of 11-29-22 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 24 species in the Rudbeckia genus. Rudbeckia is a member of the plant family Asteraceae with 1,689 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO. The number of genera in this family fluctuates quite often.
THERE ARE A FEW LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING.
After I gave the south bed a good working over, I went plant shopping. I found several plants at Wagler’s Greenhouse and decided to bring home three Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’. This cultivar of Rudbeckia hirta has been on my wishlist for many years. I always like the earth tones of ’Cherokee Sunset’ with a mix of bronze, mahogany, orange, and yellow.
Family: Asteraceae (Compositae).
Zones: USDA Zones 5a-9b (-20 to 25° F).
Size: 18-30” tall x 12-18” wide.
Light: Sun to part shade.
Soil: Average, well-drained soil.
Water: Average. Drought tolerant once established.
Maintenance: Deadheading improves attractiveness and promotes further bloom.
I always transplanted Celosia argentea ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ seedlings all along the wall of the house as I do every year which can grow up to 9 feet tall. In 2017 I also transplanted Marigold ‘Brocade’ along the front of the bed and the various other plants I bought, including the Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’, went in the middle row. The Marigolds went nuts and grew taller and wider than I expected, bigger than in the other beds. I got busy doing this and that, and the next thing I know, the plants in the center row were all but covered up. I had to do some trimming so they could get more sun.
The Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’ didn’t return in 2018 so I brought home a few more from Wildwood Gardens, a local greenhouse, on June, 7 (2018). I put them in the same area where I had them in 2017.
I really like the color of the flowers of Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’. They did well again in 208.
The Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’ didn’t return in the spring of 2019 and I haven’t found any locally since 2018. Hopefully, someday I will find them again.
I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant.