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Cherry Brandy Rudbeckia

The dramatic cherry red flowers vary, some have a dark burgundy ring around the chocolate brown center, while others are all red. This is the first-ever reddish rudbeckia available from seed and makes a spectacular display in a garden.

20 seeds




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:  24" by 12-1"

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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Robert J. Swigart
United States United States
I recommend this product
Germination Good

So far, it looks like the Cherry Brandy Rudbeckia seed germination is good. 6/6.

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Garden L.
United States United States
Where's the seed?

I was excited to grow this variety. However, when I opened the packet to plant seed this spring in seedling mix indoors...there were enough seeds for two, yes TWO seedling pots. I was shocked! The good news is that seedlings in both pots have germinated and are doing well producing their first set of true leaves. Still looking forward to having them in my garden and saving my own seed for future plants.

Bob R.
United States

germinated ok but planted too late the heat killed them

Judith R.
United States
Review of recent purchase

Just fine. All seeds I planted are now up and being pampered in my greenhouse until they can go out in the grdens in the back yard. Thank you for a great variety.

Jim H.

Easy to start, flowered toward the end of the season. Looks great in the garden. Jim