Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’-Gloriosa Daisy, Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’ after I brought them home on 7-1-17, #353-14.

Gloriosa Daisy, Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’

rud-BEK-ee-ah HER-tuh

2012 All-America Selections Award
Fleuroselect Award Winner

Synonyms of Rudbeckia hirta L. (29) (Last updated on 2-15-21): Centrocarpha gracilis (Nutt.) D.Don ex G.Don, Centrocarpha hirta (L.) D.Don ex G.Don, Coreopsis hirta (L.) Raf., Helianthus hirtus (L.) E.H.L.Krause, Rudbeckia amplectens T.V.Moore, Rudbeckia brittonii Small, Rudbeckia discolor Elliott, Rudbeckia gracilis Nutt., Rudbeckia hirta var. annulata Clute, Rudbeckia hirta var. bicolor Clute, Rudbeckia hirta var. brittonii (Small) Fernald, Rudbeckia hirta f. dichrona Clute, Rudbeckia hirta f. flavescens Clute, Rudbeckia hirta f. gigantea Clute, Rudbeckia hirta f. homochroma Steyerm., Rudbeckia hirta var. major Hook., Rudbeckia hirta var. monticola (Small) Fernald, Rudbeckia hirta var. tubuliformis Burnham, Rudbeckia hirta f. viridiflora Burnham, Rudbeckia monticola Small, Rudbeckia serotina f. annulata (Clute) Fernald & B.G.Schub., Rudbeckia serotina f. dichrona (Clute) Moldenke, Rudbeckia serotina f. flavescens (Clute) Moldenke, Rudbeckia serotina f. frondosa (Clute) Moldenke, Rudbeckia serotina f. gigantea (Clute) Moldenke, Rudbeckia serotina f. homochroma (Steyerm.) Fernald & B.G.Schub., Rudbeckia serotina f. novae-caesareae Oswald, Rudbeckia serotina f. tubuliformis (Burnham) Fernald & B.G.Schub., Rudbeckia serotina f. viridiflora (Burnham) Fernald & B.G.Schub.

Rudbeckia hirta L. is the correct and 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.

Plants of the World Online still lists 24 accepted species in the Rudbeckia genus (as of 2-15-21 when I last updated this page). Rudbeckia is a member of the Asteraceae Family with 1,679 genera (down one from last time I checked in January). Those numbers could change as updates are made (and likely will).


Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’ on 7-9-17, #355-38.

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.

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’ on 7-19-17, #357-64.

Family: Asteraceae (Compositae).
Origin: Cultivar.
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.

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’ on 8-20-17, #367-25.

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.


Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’ on 6-7-18, #455-20.

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 as where I had them in 2017.

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’ on 7-29-18, #487-80.

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.

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