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Rudbeckia 'Black-eyed Susan Early Bird Gold'
Rudbeckia 'Black-eyed Susan Early Bird Gold'

Rudbeckia 'Black-eyed Susan Early Bird Gold'

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Early Bird Gold'
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Height: 1.5'-2'
Spread: 1.5'-2'
Bloom: April-October
Light: Full Sun, Part Shade
Water: Dry to medium
Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Origin: the United States (cultivar)

‘Early Bird Gold’ is a compact black-eyed Susan that typically grows to 2’ tall on stiff, upright stems clad with oblong to lanceolate dark green leaves. It was discovered growing in a field of Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ at Dupont Nursery in Louisiana. Daisy like flowers (3-4” diameter) with bright yellow rays and dome-shaped dark brown center cones bloom singly atop strong, sometimes-branching stems from mid-June to October. This cultivar is reportedly a day-neutral plant (bloom occurs without regard to day length), hence its extended late spring (early bird) to fall bloom time.

Easily grown in dry to medium, organically rich to average, well-drained soils in full sun. Best bloom occurs in full sun, although plants will tolerate some light shade. Plants prefer consistent moisture throughout the growing season, with some tolerance for drought once established. Tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions including dry soil, clay soil, and urban environments. Good air circulation is appreciated. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional bloom. Plants slowly spread in the garden by rhizomes.

Larval Host Plant: Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly (Chlosyne nycteis), Common Eupithecia (Eupithesia miserulata), Wavy Lined Moth (Synchlora aerata), Southern Emerald Moth (Synchlora frondaria)

Nectar Source Plant: Specialist Mining Bee (Andrena rudbeckiae), Long-Horned Bees (Melissodes spp.), Leafcutter Bees (Megachile spp.), Cuckoo Bees (Coelioxys spp.), Bumble Bees (Bombus spp.), Mining Bees (Andrena spp.), Green Sweat Bees (Agapostemon spp.), Small Carpenter Bees (Ceratina spp.)

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