Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’

black-eyed Susan

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Outstanding Qualities

'Goldsturm' is a popular for its nonchalant style - producing flowerheads from late summer into fall on an easy-to-grow, hardy, herbaceous perennial. The 2.5- to 5-inch flowerheads are composed of golden-yellow ray florets and hundreds of dark brown disc florets. The only hitch with 'Goldsturm' is its imitators - seed-grown plants sold under this cultivar name. When buying this cultivar, don't hesitate to ask if it is grown from cuttings rather than seed. Also, look at its habit: true 'Goldsturm' has a sturdy, compact habit that does not require staking.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: flowers mid-summer until frost

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: 'Goldstrum' is exceptional combined with other bold perennials, such as Miscanthus sinensis cultivars, Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks', Crocosmia 'Lucifer', Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate', Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Rosea' or P. polymorpha. This perennial is also called black-eyed susan.

Great Color Contrasts: purple, bronze, burgundy

Great Color Partners: orange, red, gold

Culture Notes
This lovely black-eyed susan loves a moist to well-drained site, but will tolerate sandy locations and clay if the drainage is adequate. Plant it in full sun for the best flowering. Provide regular watering during dry weather for the most attractive plant; this is especially important in sandy soils. Faded flowers can be removed to encourage the production of additional blooms or allowed to go to seed to attract birds.
Geek Notes
Pioneering landscape architects Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden set the tone for the "New American Garden Style" when they laid out bold drifts of 'Goldsturm' coneflower and ornamental grasses in Washington, D.C., in the early 1980s. This style proved to be eye-catching, charming and sustainable, opening the door to the use of perennials in major urban spaces.