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Rudbeckia subtomentosa Little Henry


A good plant for the middle of the border

This native of the mid-west USA and Texas is compact, with bright green leaves and strong branching stems bearing clusters of yellow flowers with narrow petals and dark centres. An eye-catching plant when in flower from mid to late summer.


Grow in a sunny or part shaded bed or border for a fabulous display of late summer colour, ideal for a cottage garden. Superb for cutting.


Plant in well-drained soil. Cut back after flowering in autumn.

This cultivar was discovered by Henry Eilers and was introduced by Larry Lowman of Ridgecrest Nursery and Gardens in Wynne, Arkansas in 2003

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering August - October
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 125 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 45 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 140 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Chalk, Loam
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Moist, Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From May to September