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Indian Summer Rudbeckia

A 1995 AAS winner which is compact, multi-branching, and a prolific producer of huge, colorful blooms. These are the largest, most astonishing Black-eyed Susans you'll ever see. Grow them as an annual, starting them indoors in April, transplanting when the soil is warm, and there will be 26"-30" plants with 5"-8" flowers from mid-August through the first few frosts. Golden yellow blossoms with chocolate-brown centers make for excellent cut flowers (with a long vase life) and are a beautiful sight in a garden.

50 seeds 

Indian Summer Rudbeckia



Rudbeckia hirta

Perennial, Zones 5-9

Germination: 7-12 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF

Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and press into soil, seeds need light to germinate.

Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-75ºF soil temperature. Transplant after the last frost, 12-18" apart. 

Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow 1-2 weeks before the last frost date, sow 3-5 seeds every 12-18"apart.

Growth Habit: Upright

Height and Width:  26-30" by 12-18"

Spacing: 12-18" apart

Light Needs:  Full sun

Soil Needs: Loose, rich, well-drained

Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms in the second year may bloom the first season when started early indoors. 

Uses:  Flower beds, containers, cut flowers, attracts pollinators

Care: Water seedlings regularly until established and water well during dry spells. Amend soil with compost before transplanting. Harvest flowers often for bouquets or deadhead for continuous blooms. 


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    Cynthia P.
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    Indian Summer Rudbeckia

    Overall shopping experience is good. They send their catalog early and respond quickly to orders. Prices are lower than many others and there may be fewer seeds per packet on some items, which can be just fine. I purchased the Indian Summer Rudbeckia and planted the entire packet of 50 seeds. I ended up with 32 seedlings. They have their first true leaves and look fine. I am sure they will do fine. I love Indian Summer Rudbeckia and have grown it for many years. It is getting harder to find seed for that variety.

    steven P.


    A perennial in Reno Nv this Flower puts all my other perenniasl to shame. Large, long lasting flowers. Mine have been blooming since June and are still looking good in August!