Gloriosa Daisy, Black-Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’
2012 All-America Selections Award
Fleuroselect Award Winner
Rudbeckia hirta L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Rudbeckia. It was described by Carl von Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753. The 2013 version of The Plant List names 3 accepted infraspecific names (varieties) of Rudbeckia hirta.
Plants of the World Online is still uploading data and as of 3-13-18, when I am making this page, it lists no information for this species.
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 fulgida ‘Cherokee Sunset’. This cultivar of Rudbeckia hirta has been on my wishlist for many years. I always like 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 spicata ‘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 the spring of 2018 and I haven’t found any locally since 2017. Hopefully, someday I will find them again.
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